On Sunday 16 June, 2013, five Legends of New Zealand country music, Gray Bartlett, Brendan Dugan, Dennis Marsh, Jodi Vaughan and Paul Walden will perform at a one night only concert in aid of Kidney Kids of NZ, a charitable organisation that supports approximately 1,000 New Zealand children (and their families) who have kidney disease and/or urinary tract disorders.
Taking place at The Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, Auckland, the Legends will be joined by an all-star band and support acts. All proceeds will go to Kidney Kids of NZ which provides emotional and practical support to children and their families who live with kidney disease- ranging from minor illness albeit debilitating, through to end stage renal failure requiring treatment such as dialysis and/or a kidney transplant.
Kidney Kids of NZ are thrilled that some of New Zealand’s most iconic country legends have been so eager to get on board.
“We’re incredibly grateful that these stars have given up their time to perform and to help raise funds for Kidney Kids of NZ,” says Kidney Kids Acting Chief Executive, Keith Mackenzie. “Most New Zealanders don’t realise how prevalent kidney disease is among children and how quickly it can sneak up on families. Often, the symptoms are mistaken for other things, such as general childhood illnesses and the child simply being out of sorts. Anything we can do to raise awareness of kidney disease as well as bringing in more funds to assist with supporting these children and families will be of enormous value.”
The five entertainers involved are all looking forward to helping raise funds for the charity, as well as bringing attention to kidney disease in children, which can have devastating consequences.
"I am really looking forward to this wonderful event for Kidney Kids of NZ. To work with such outstanding artists, the very cream of New Zealand’s music industry is really an honour,” says Gray Bartlett. “Collectively they have sold millions of records, and played to millions of fans...I can’t wait to play at this superb evening concert.”
“I am looking forward to being part of the concert as I am aware of what sufferers of kidney disease go through,” adds Dennis Marsh. “If I am able to contribute anything towards lessening the trauma for kids, I am very happy to do so and look forward to a magic event.”
Tickets for the True Legends for Kidney Kids concert can be purchased from Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.nz) or via The Bruce Mason Centre.
Each ticket purchased by April 15th 2013 goes into the draw to win a luxury accommodation package at Peppers on the Point, Rotorua. The $1,500 value prize includes: one night’s accommodation including full breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, canapés, four-course gourmet dinner for two, $100 petrol voucher towards travel costs and a gift basket.