Musicians donate time for Miriam fundraiser

WHEN Gerald Tory, father of a long-term friend of Miriam Tasker, heard about her plight he wanted to help immediately.

"My daughter grew up with Miriam; she went to school with her right from primary," he said.

"She and her partner were busking at Tamworth so we went to see her.

"It really touched me to see her battling the way she is, with dialysis. I was racking my brains, what to do."

So he put his position as a director of the Wooli Bowling Club into play and asked to host a fundraising day at the venue.

Tomorrow his efforts will culminate in a Country and Western charity day from 10am.

Eight county acts, including Errol Gray, Country Heritage and Smokie Pete Dawson, will donate their time to keep the vibe going throughout the day, with barefoot bowls, a sausage sizzle, raffles and a jumping castle providing plenty of family-friendly fun.

Entry will be a gold coin donation at the door, with a lucky door prize up for grabs and raffles to take place throughout the day.

"The day I think is going to be a big success because everything has been donated by local businesses," Mr Tory said.

"All the directors of the club put their hand up to help on the day, and all we ask is for people to buy the artists' merchandise which will help them cover costs."

The proceeds of the fundraiser itself will go towards the peripheral costs of the operation and Miriam's recovery.

Ms Tasker, who turned 41 this week, said she was absolutely blown away by the gesture.

"It felt awesome, I was like oh you're sure?," she laughed.

"It's just terrific that someone could be so kind. He's just such a really thoughtful, amazing man and I'm actually a bit overwhelmed by it all. It will be great catching up with my old friend, his daughter, Melissa, too."

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