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No shortage of offers for piano to paint

Tuesday, 14th April, 2009

Local artist Howard Steer's recent plea for a piano to paint met with seven offers. He said he accepted the first offer which was made by Debbie and Peter Druitt, whose newly-painted piano will be auctioned to raise money for the Red Desert Live festival. Mr Steer, who is best known for his flying doctor characters, called the picture on the piano "Flying Doctor over Druitt Flats", in honour of the couple. The piano will be auctioned at Red Desert Live's long lunch and art auction at the Broken Hill Golf Club on June 14.

The second annual Red Desert Live music and arts festival will be held over the October long weekend. Red Desert Live Chairman, Amelia Veale, said that the committee was overwhelmed by the support for the fundraiser so far but said there was an urgent need for more people to help run the not-for-profit festival. "The fact that a festival of this magnitude can be put on by a wholly volunteer non-profit committee - most of whom work full time - is evidence of the strength of the local community," Ms Veale said.

"More people are urgently needed to reach the full potential of the event to deliver maximum economic and social benefits for the region in the years to come." Some of the roles required include a site manager, sponsorships co-ordinator, band liaison officer as well as general volunteers. Anyone interested in getting involved as a volunteer either on the committee or just to help out for a few hours can contact Amelia Veale on 0417 830 334.

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