Ararat arts community fixture Doug Koschel overwhelmed by support at cancer benefit concert

ARARAT arts scene fixture Doug Koschel’s spirits were lifted on Sunday when the community came out to support his benefit concert,

Mr Koschel has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and supporters are raising money for him to achieve his life-long dream of visiting his ancestral home of Ireland.

Ararat Theatre Company, Ararat Musical Comedy Society and Ararat City Band held the concert on Sunday at St Andrew’s Uniting Church Hall.

Organiser Patricia Joy said the concert went really well.

“It was fantastic. We raised $1400,” she said.

“We had 70 people attend. Doug was very surprised by the number of people who attended and it really lifted his spirits.”

Ms Joy said the fundraising campaign had now met three quarters of its goal.

“We still have the gofundme going if people want to chip in,” she said.

The online fundraising page for ‘Doug’s Ireland Dream’ can be found at


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