Music to raise funds

FUNDRAISER: Hannah Marks and Dakota Petagna will be heading to the Phillipines, they stand with Cactus Martens and Katie Pole.

FUNDRAISER: Hannah Marks and Dakota Petagna will be heading to the Phillipines, they stand with Cactus Martens and Katie Pole.

Students from St Mark’s College are plucking at the strings of country music lovers by putting on a fundraising concert to raise money for their immersion trip to the Philippines. 

Fifteen students from Year 10 to 12 will be heading off to southeast in Asia in July for the cultural and learning experience of being in another country, in addition to participating in some missionary activities.

This is the fifth trip the college has run and this year, the students are aiming to raise over $10,000 which was the amount raised by the previous group. 

Students have been fundraising all across the town and they hope that this concert will be a large contributor to the $2,000 they already have

Cactus Martens is the grandfather of participating student Dakota Petagna and he is donating his time and talent to help the students reach their goal. 

“My pop is going to do a concert to help raise the money. The concert is happening on February 10 at the Country Music Hall from 1.30pm until 4.30pm. Entry is $10 for adults and a gold coin donation for students,” Dakota said.  

Cactus says that those who come can expect his usual country music gig, with the addition of Steve McBride who will do a few songs with him. 

“I am sure that students and so forth don’t know too much about my style of my music. I do quite a lot of this kind of thing for charities and when Dakota told me she had been chosen, I thought great and I will help you raise some funds,” Cactus said. 

“The Country Music Club are very good to me as well because every time I do a fundraiser there they donate me the hall. There will be tea, cakes, soft drink for people to buy.” 

Assistant principal Katie Pole says the trip is of great benefit for the students and all funds raised will be going to support the schools and centres they visit. 

“They pay their plane ticket and anything they raise, we take over and they look at how they can support the different people over there. They see a completely different part of the world,” Katie explained.

“The relationships that they have with each other will be completely different because they are on their own. The child that gets on the plane, won’t be the same when they come back.”