Radio Hawke’s Bay raises funds for Cyclone Gabrielle

A free variety show coming to Hastings and Napier in May aims to bring laughter to those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle

When the Grit Hits the Fan is coming to Napier’s Municipal Theatre on May 20 and Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre in Hastings on May 21.

The free variety show, organised by Pea-Knuckle Productions and Radio Hawke’s Bay, will feature children’s entertainer Suzy Cato, Captain Festus McBoyle’s Travellin’ Variety Show, the Kahurangi NZ Māori Dance Company, Le Cirque de JP and local bands Naked Gun and Power.

“The show’s purpose is to bring joy and aroha to one of the regions hardest hit by cyclone Gabrielle,” Radio Hawke’s Bay station manager Kelly Reid said.

“This is your chance to ensure that mental health and wellbeing prevails. Laughter is the best form of medicine, it improves oxygen flow and releases feel good endorphins.

“It is vitally important that the mental health and wellness of the community is provided for.”

The event has been sponsored by Stats NZ, the Lotteries Commission, Eastern and Central Community Trust, NZ Red Cross, the Hawke’s Bay Foundation, music rights management organisation Apra Amcos, The NZ Music Commission, Rotary and Lions.

Stats NZ will be at the event ensuring everyone has had the opportunity to complete their census.

Weleda NZ, Whittaker’s Chocolate, Farmlands NZ and Classic Sheepskins have sponsored gifts for the event.

Givealittle page has been set up by Radio Hawke’s Bay, with donations going to Napier Family Centre, Heretaunga Women’s Centre and the Rural Support Trust to help support counselling services in Hawke’s Bay after Cyclone Gabrielle.

The event is for all ages and free tickets are available at Napier Municipal Box Office and online at Eventfinda for Toitoi.

To read more about the event, see here.