Concert to help bankroll cancer fight

Friends have come together to help a Whangarei woman who is facing huge treatment bills after being diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Tina Cachemaille and Henry Beattie are turning Huanui College grounds into a rocking picnic ground for the fundraiser concert Picnic Under the Puriri Tree next month.

Five bands will perform, with a giant waterslide and food stalls available.

Tickets will raise funds for their friend Vynka Short, whose world was turned upside-down in August last year when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The mother of three has since undergone a six-course treatment of chemotherapy, and is looking at using a non-funded form of maintenance therapy called Rotuximab. The treatment will cost just over $50,000 for two years.

Mrs Short said the support from her friends had been overwhelming. "I am so fortunate that I have got amazing friends and family and people who I barely know who have just been amazing.

Good things have come from this funny old awful situation."

Ms Cachemaille said Mrs Short had been a good friend for nearly six years, and she had made a huge impression on her and her family. "Our whole network of friends just wanted to help," Ms Cachemaille said.

The gala day will feature music from Mr Beattie's band, Furious 3, as well as other Northland bands Tempest Fujit, Less the Harp, Haylee and the Frets and Ben and Tau.

Ms Cachemaille said they had been fortunate to have the support of local businesses who had supplied everything from sound equipment to pizza ovens for free.

Picnic Under the Puriri Tree will happen on Sunday, March 10, from 9.30am. Entry is $10 for adults, 5 to 14-year-olds $5, under-5s free.

A family ticket at $25 for two children and two adults will be available, too.

- Northern Advocate

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