Local businesses are getting behind a silent auction that is being held as part of the forest fire concert on April 13. Some of the items donated so far include Richmond Mall vouchers worth $2500, a week’s campervan use provided by Discover New Zealand Motorhome Rentals, and a 7 by 4 caged trailer provided by Tasman Trailers.


Chris Welby of Tasman Trailers says he is very happy to support anything associated with the forest fire concert, as a way of saying thanks to all those responders and volunteers for the work they did to protect the local community. The trailer Chris has put up for auction is locally designed and sells for $1795.


Headline concert act, The Waratahs, will travel to the fire site and Wakefield while they’re here to get a better idea of what happened while the area was in a State of Emergency.


The event kicks off at 1pm on Saturday, April 13, at the A and P showgrounds in Richmond. Responders and volunteers get in free with their immediate family, which includes children and partners only. There is a small general public charge of $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 15. In the interests of keeping things simple, it’s a gate charge and cash only. Families are welcome to bring a chilly bin and seats.


Organisers have asked everyone involved to spread the word and make sure as many people as possible turn up. There is free parking available at the town end of the A and P showground entrance. At the time of printing there were two slots available to any local bands who think they can put on a great performance.

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