Community rocks up for Carla
THE atmosphere was indescribable, the vibe one-of-a-kind, and for Carla Deery, it was a night that may well save her life.
Hundreds flocked to the Kungala Hall on Saturday to listen to a stack of local musicians shred up the stage in what was a fundraiser concert for Carla, who has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
"It was incredible," Carla said.
"I expected maybe 150 people, but throughout the course of the day there would have been 400 easy."
Carla has started chemotherapy and also a year-long trial on a new treatment which came with a hefty price tag of $98,500. Whacked straight on her mum's credit card, the concert was to raise some money to help cover that huge medical bill.
She said the generosity of people who came to not only show their support, but donate, was amazing.
"Everyone was exceptionally generous; people were walking in with big pockets," Carla said.
While the final tally has not been tabled, Carla reckons they raised in excess of $15,000.
"It makes you feel incredibly loved and just the energy that people put in for you is enough to keep your spirits strong," she said. "We even had someone donate a live pig!"
In the wake of its success, Carla said another similar event was not off the cards.