Paddock festival for hope

27 Nov, 2012 11:15 AM
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A music festival held in a Boyanup paddock will raise vital funds for four-year-old Waterloo girl Kate Drennan, who has suffered from an aggressive childhood cancer.
A music festival held in a Boyanup paddock will raise vital funds for four-year-old Waterloo girl Kate Drennan, who has suffered from an aggressive childhood cancer.

A MUSIC festival held in a Boyanup paddock could be the answer to a brighter future for four-year-old Kate Drennan.

Project Kate is a charity festival which will be held to raise funds for a little girl from Waterloo who has stage four neuroblastoma, which means cancer has spread throughout her body.

Bunbury man Tony Worden heard about Kate’s illness about six months ago and was determined to find a way to help her.

The well-known local DJ decided to work towards a fundraising festival and has spent months juggling a full-time job with pulling together all aspects of a full-blown professional event.

Kate’s father Charlie Drennan said he had been overwhelmed by the passion that had driven the festival and the generosity of businesses and individuals across the South West.

Kate finished treatment in August so all funds raised at the event will go into a trust fund which will not be touched unless she relapses.

Mr Drennan said he hoped the event would become an annual fundraiser towards children living with cancer or for oncology awards.

“What these kids go through is pretty bloody traumatic – they deserve better,” he said.

Mr Worden said he had been blown away by local businesses who had chipped in with festival essentials like portable toilets, fencing, speakers, lighting and more.

Along with Mr Worden, the festival line-up will feature the talents of South West DJs Zac Stowell, Michael Can-zirri and Jack Manoni.

Project Kate is a drug and alcohol free event for people aged 14 and above.

It will be held on December 1 from 4pm until late at 181 Elgin Road, Boyanup.

The entry donation is $10 with all profits going to Kate and her family.

The minimum age for entry is 14.

For more information, search for Project Kate on Facbook.

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