In the wake of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the resulting devastation across the Northern Rivers region of NSW, last month Splendour in the Grass music festival announced they were going to host a Northern Rivers Flood Fundraiser.
The initiative saw 50 specially created Flood Relief Gold Passes auctioned off across four days from Tuesday 2 May to Friday 5 May, with net proceeds raised to be donated to the communities that lost so much.
It was a huge success, with Splendour in the Grass raising $69,067.25 to be distributed across the Tweed Mayor Appeal Fund, Lismore City Council Flood Appeal and the Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre Inc. in the Byron Shire.
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Punters from around Australia and as far away as Mauritius jumped online to battle it out in the bidding war for this great cause over the four day auction.
One successful Flood Relief Gold Pass bidder Matthew Humphries said he was stoked to score a pass. “Me and two of my mates were all bidding on tickets at the same time, then all 3 of us got the highest bids! Two of us are flying over from WA. We’re all pretty excited! I recently drove through the flood waters when I went to visit my family in Rockhampton in April, so I’ve seen what floods can do. I’m happy to be able to support the Splendour Northern Rivers Flood Relief, plus I get to go to Splendour too. It’s a win win!”
In an email issued following the auction, Splendour in the Grass wrote, “To all who got their bid on, thanks for helping #SplendourDoesDebbie. You’ve made us proud as punch! The emotional toll for the whole region has been immense, but your generosity helps those worst affected one step closer to recovery and ultimately saying “cya never Debbie” for good.”
For more information on Splendour in the Grass, visit: splendourinthegrass.com/