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Tassy bushfire fundraiser 2013

   
Rockin Suzies Good Friday appeal 2016


Eddies Good Friday fundraiser 2019

Good Friday Appeal 2017

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Rockn' Suzie's Good Friday Charity Dance 2017


There are many things one can feel proud as a rock & roller in Melbourne, and the charity dance held on Good Friday every year is certainly one of those proud moments. The charity dance is a small but nonetheless a very practical avenue for rockers to show their financial & moral support for those in need and who are in less fortunate circumstances. This year there are at least a couple of major events being staged - Rockn' Suzie in Berwick and the hot rods show & bands at Keilor Hotel. From all reports both events were well attended by rockers and the general public.


I have been attending the dance in Berwick for a number of years now. This year, at the latest count, over $13k has been raised and there are still coins to be tallied up. Well done to all and specially the Rockn' Suzie crew who put in a big effort in organising and staging the event. There were about 8 bands for the event including the popular Robin & the Rancheros, Fender Benders, Honky Tonk Rockers, Smokin' Wingtips and the Phoenix. It was non stop dancing from morning to night. There were merchandise & food vendors, hot rods and classic cars on display and for the little kids, face painting and pony rides too.


A special highlight on the day for the little ones and also those not so little ones was Easter Bunny making an appearance dancing with the kids and later distributing Easter eggs. Lots of photos were taken of the very excited little kids in seeing the Easter Bunny.


Keep rockin' and let's do it again in 2018 .....


Jitterbug (Paul Wan ) Copied with permission from Vicrock.com.au

Fundraisers

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Fundraisers


Rock n roll dancers have always supported a good cause and over the years lots of money has been raised by bands donating their time to put on dances where all funds raised have gone to a good cause.


Good Friday Appeal


Each year dances have been held on Good Friday to raise money for the sick kids. Little Maria’s, Waltzing Matilda, Rockin Suzies, Keilor Hotel, Double Deuce in Sunshine (2011) ...


Rockin Suzies Good Friday at Berwick, 10am - 10pm, 10 bands, stalls, DJ Jeff, cars, food, kids entertainment. 2006 - 2018.  2017 raised $13,000, Bands donating their time were : Dirty Boogie , Smokin' Wingtips, Fender Benders, Robyn and the Rancheros, Who ws that Cat, Phoenix, Original Mustangs, Kustoms, Kevin Hannah Bnad, Honkytonk Rockers

  

Cars for Kids at Keilor Hotel, 11.30am-11.30pm, bands, cars etc. 2016 raised $28,000,  Bands included Fender Benders.  2019 raised $36,000


Little Maria's Good Friday Appeal at the Whitehorse Club, Held each year 2000-2013. $5060 riased in 2011. $5000 raised in 2013


Eddies Bandroom Fundraiser, Chesterville Rd, Moorabbin. 2019 Bookman and and DJ Adrian, raised $1100


DJ Ashley Good Friday Appeal in 2019


1999

World Vision and Legacy Fundraiser April 1999, at the Whitehorse Club organised by Adrian Spadaro with Itchy Fingers and Andrew Portelli raised $2,200.  This was the first rock n roll event at the Whitehorse Club and due to the success the first of many rock n roll dances was held on the 21st May 1999 with the Speedsters and DJ Adrian.

2005

Tsunami Appeal run by Adrian Spadaro and VRRDA, hled at St Gerardi Primary School in Dandenong.  Bands Crash & Fender Benders, Flashback, Shadoogie, Connie & Bardozers


2008


Prairie Oysters Drought Relief Concert Fundraiser, Castlemaine


2009


Springy Rock Bushfire Relief Fundraiser, Springvale Town Hall raised $8,928 for the Lions bushfire appeal. Organised by Lou Mingaars from Top Cats, 8 bands, dance performances, raffles, stalls etc 1pm - 10pm


Benifet For Madison Bartlett, Immortals Motor Bike Club & the Hurstbridge Police Station have united forces toward raising money for a very special girl Madison Bartlett, Countless stories of sorrow and survival have come from the Black Saturday fires, but few could be more poignant than that of 12 year old Madison Bartlett in Royal Children’s hospital with burns to 50 percent of her body and will remain in there for some time to come. 7 bands at Immortals Clubrooms, Bayswater


Northside Rock EASTER SATURDAY Fundraiser featuring “Battle Of the D.J’s”, with DJ Flash Gordon & DJ Jeff Poole. This will be a fundraiser for cancer research, from 7:30pm until 12:30am at the Heritage Receptions High Street Epping. NO BYO DRINKS or FOOD Tickets are $15 and children $7. Enquiries with Clive on 0424 403 762.


Bush Fire Appeal 22nd March at Heritage, Epping



Geelong Jukebox Rockers Bushfire appeal



2010


Keysbourough Hall 4 bands, funds raised for Rhiannon Tracey for rehabilitation from spinal cord injury.


Hope Ellis-Buxton Fundraiser, 6th of March in the Hallam Rec Hall in Frawley's Rd . 3 Bands Blackhill Ramblers, Atomic Hi-Tones and the Flyin Saucers. Hope is the granddaughter of Rhonda Ellis who is part of the furniture in the collective Melbourne, Rock'n'Roll/Rockabilly/Hot Rod scene, Adorable Hope who just turned 3, was born with a few problems that require lots of special equipment to support her while sleeps and to help her get around.



2011


Combined rock and roll clubs in Gippsland - Hooked On Rock, Lakeside Rockers, S`Coolhouse Rock and Latrobe Rockers Charity Fundraiser for Cancer research


FFF fundraiser for baby James Hampson


Fundraiser at Skyways run by Rhonda & Ray from Renegade Rockers raised $3,000 for Brett Sommers who was battling cancer.


Danny Boyd memorial cancer foundation fundraiser at Furlan


Rockabilly @ 'CHRISTINES' Fundraiser for the Flood Appeal, raised $1500 for QLD floods


2012


Combined rock and roll clubs in Gippsland - Hooked On Rock, Lakeside Rockers, S`Coolhouse Rock and Latrobe Rockers Charity Fundraiser for the Heart Foundation.


2013


Tearin' it up for Tassie fundraiser Sunday 24th March 2013 at Lucky 13 Garage, Moorabbin. Fundraiser for The Fire Victims of Tasmania, organised by Emily Mason with 5 bands donating their time :The Sin & Tonics (Tas), Paulie Bignall & The Thornbury Two,The Rechords, The Detonators, Matt Dwyer & The Magnatones.




FFF 2013 Fundraiser dance at Bayswater Senior Citizens hall. $2200 raised for Dunalley School which was burnt to the ground durring the Tassie Fires. A very small community was devastated. The FFF Group (Fundraising Friends Forever) was formed from people wanting to help others less fortunate.



2014


Typhoon Hayan, Phillipines – Chelsea RSL, 2 Feb 2014, noon - 7.30pm, 7 bands and DJ T.C. Organised by Lou Mingaars and helpers.  Bands donating their time : Fender Benders, Rockin' Daddys, Vincents, Jamie Curtis, Ray Smith Rusty Strings, Frankie Stevens, Jump & Jive.


2018


Springtime Harvest Farmers Aid, Altona.  Shake Two, Rick Charles.