Shane Miranda are one of the artists taking to the stage to raise funds for local woman, Kimberley Ray.
Shane Miranda are one of the artists taking to the stage to raise funds for local woman, Kimberley Ray.

Firing up for Flame Tree Festival

A MUSIC festival with charity and community welfare in mind is set to become an annual event in Grafton.

The Flame Tree Music Festival will bring nine local musical acts to one place and provide punters with about 10 hours of live music. On the bill will be The Ninth Chapter, Wasabi, Lost in Texas, Simone Smith, Wizards of Oz Rock, Shane Miranda, Acetones, Mr Kranky, and Kelly Cameron.

However, there is also a cause behind the event. The festival will serve as an annual fundraiser and this year will benefit young South Grafton woman Kimberley Ray.

Kimberly, 20, has lived in the Clarence Valley her whole life and suffers from a condition called Thoracolumbar Scoliosis, which causes the spine to bend sideways and rotate along its vertical axis and in extreme cases, like Kimberley’s, may require surgery.

The surgery involves metal rods being inserted alongside the spine in order to act as a brace to prevent further deterioration.

Organisers of the festival hope to support Kimberley and her parents by taking away some of the financial burden as Kimberley travels regularly to Brisbane for assessments, requires regular physio, x-rays and scans.

The inaugural Flame Tree Music Festival will feature nine local bands and will take place at the Grafton racecourse on April 24.

Ticket cost is $50 for a family with children under 14 or $25 per adult and $15 per child (aged 14-18).



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