Sacred Concert at Cooranbong raises $11,000 for victims of Cyclone Gita | photos

ABOUT $11,000 has been raised at a ‘Sacred Concert’ in Cooranbong to benefit victims of the Pacific islands impacted by Cyclone Gita in early February.

About 500 locals joined visitors who travelled from as far afield as Sydney and Melbourne to attend the musical concert at Avondale Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Dr Narko Tutuo, a missionary and anaesthetist at Nepean and Prince of Wales hospitals, and an elder with the Wontok Adventist Community, in Sydney, helped to coordinate the event with Fineeva Paiaaua, a theology student from Avondale College.

Singers from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Australia performed a variety of songs.

“The support of those who participated in singing and the generous donations collected during the concert is deeply appreciated,” Dr Tutuo said.

“The Wantok Adventist Community Group would like to give a heartfelt thanks to each and everyone who attended the concert. The proceeds will go towards the urgent repairs of buildings damaged by Cyclone Gita at Beulah Adventist College.

“We would especially like to thank the Avondale Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church for generously opening their doors for this worthy cause.”