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Iconic New York poet and performer Patti Smith not only gave the audience more than they bargained for during her weekend performances at Bluesfest, she also donated $10,000 to northern rivers appeal Rise Above The Flood.

Organised by local musician Ilona Harker, Rise Above The Flood is working on a ground roots level to help those impacted by the recent flooding.

Volunteers from the charity were invited by Bluesfest to collect money at the festival and organisers say patrons have been giving generously as they enter the festival site.

Because Rise Above The Flood is run by volunteers, all monies raised will go directly to the community and not to the administration of a national body.

Proceeds from ‘Rise above the Flood’ will be donated to these local community groups:

  • Murwillumbah Council – Mayor Appeal Fund for Flooding
  • Helping Hands Lismore – A community run organisation with flood assistance packages
  • Northern Rivers Community Gateway – Direct Flood Assistance.
  • Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre – Direct Flood Assistance.

Bluesfest director Peter Noble said, ‘Being here at the festival it’s easy to think everything is fine. The truth is, it isn’t.

‘There has been perhaps a billion dollars in damage to homes and property with many people unable to pay expensive insurance premiums.

‘Saddest of all is that people have lost their lives. It’s not hard to give a little, it will mean a lot.

‘Patti Smith has graciously donated $10,000 to Rise Above The Flood. Her performances at Bluesfest are among the greatest ever and we can now see what a wonderful human being she is as well.

‘People including our staff have lost their possession, property and friends so we find her generosity extremely touching,’ Mr Noble said.

You can find Rise Above The Flood here on Facebook or contact organiser Ilona Harker directly 0402 637 739 or [email protected]

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