Frontman for the legendary Australian band Goanna, Shane Howard together with Ewen Baker and John Hudson as the Shane Howard Trio, mesmerised the audience at Coolangatta Estate s on Friday night with an outstanding show.
They were supported by local 17-year-old didgeridoo player Jiah King from Erowal Bay at the charity event staged by Fundraising Shoalhaven to help A Taste of Paradise, a permaculture and organic farm near Berry, dedicated to helping disadvantaged and at risk young people.
"The night was an outstanding success, not only in raising more than $8000 for the farm, but in raising awareness of the outstanding work of Tim and Andy Francis through A Taste of Paradise," said Karina Seyffer, of Fundraising Shoalhaven.
"The charity doesn't receive direct government funding but relies on donations and the sale of their produce to continue their work."
Mr Francis said they were grateful to Coolangatta Estate and Fundraising Shoalhaven for holding the event.
"It also gave us the opportunity to speak about the work we do on the farm," he said.
"Many of the young people that come to our farm have become disillusioned with life and find it difficult to trust people.
"Through interacting with our animals and the natural environment of the farm they learn to trust again.
"It is amazing how cuddling a day old chicken can break down the barriers like nothing else."
"Coolangatta Estate was the perfect venue, providing a superb dinner for 80 people and seating 200 for the show," Ms Seyffer said.
"They have been so supportive of this event, not only assisting us with the organisation, but contributing significant prizes as well."
For further information about A Taste of Paradise, visit www.atasteofparadise.org.au