Ararat West Primary School to hold fundraising concert to help recovery from a October 2017 classroom fire

Ararat West Primary School will hold a fundraising concert on Saturday to help its recovery from a devastating fire in late October that claimed five buildings.

The concert, dubbed ‘Rise from the Ashes’, will take place from 7pm to 12:30am at the Ararat College Gym on Barkly Street in Ararat.

The concert will feature Australian stand-up comedian and radio host Dave’ ONeil and Ararat region band ‘Plastered’ featuring Scott Rigby.

Tickets are $25 per person on tables of 10 with “BYO drinks and nibbles” with a neat casual dress code and no heels.

A goods and services auction will also help raise money for the school’s recovery.

Ararat West Primary School principal Terry Keilar said tickets had sold well.

“This weekend we have major fundraiser for our school, Rise from the Ashes,” he said.

“It has been basically brought to us by one of our parents who is a member of a local band called Plastered.

“They have offered to put a bit of a concert on for us and from there it has grown.”

Mr Keilar said comedian Brad Oakes would also make an appearance.

“Along with Dave O’Neil these are well-known comedians who have donated their time, coming down and putting a bit of laughter into the evening,” he said.

Mr Keilar said businesses from Ararat, the wider region and even further afield had been kind enough to donate good s and services for the fundraiser auction.

“We have things from accommodation to gift vouchers to wine to a fishing charter in Portland,” he said.

“Lots of things in that auction. we’re looking forward to a fun and entertaining night with about 200 people.”

For bookings, call 5352 1909.

Comedian Dave O'Neil, who will be performing at a fundraising concert for Ararat West Primary School. Photo: Eddie Jim.

Comedian Dave O'Neil, who will be performing at a fundraising concert for Ararat West Primary School. Photo: Eddie Jim.

The party started a bit early with children’s entertainment band the Mik Maks visiting Ararat West on Wednesday.

Ararat West pupils won a free show from the Mik Maks after winning a social media competition.

The band said they were moved by the school’s situation and how the region had come together to support Ararat West.

“We had a heap of our parents and friends put our name in for the competition and we were lucky enough to win,” Mr Keilar said.

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