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Rockfest night of wonder for Cal

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016

Cal Shepherd was thrilled to hang out with Adam Thompson and the rest of Chocolate Starfish before they played at the Rockfest. Cal Shepherd was thrilled to hang out with Adam Thompson and the rest of Chocolate Starfish before they played at the Rockfest.

By Kara de Groot

One Broken Hill family wants an act of kindness to be known, after Broken Hill Toyota provided VIP tickets for them and their son to go to Rockfest on the weekend.

The Shepherd family weren’t going to attend, however family friends spoke to Broken Hill Toyota who not only provided the tickets but gave the family the chance to meet band members in person.

Cal, who recently turned eight, has cerebral palsy and uses a motorised wheelchair. 

He’s a big fan of Adam Thompson from Chocolate Starfish, and his mum Megan said getting to speak to Adam was a fantastic experience for him.

“He was really, really excited, both in general and to meet Adam and the rest of the band,” she said.

“He was thrilled to be out there and amongst it all. He’s really into music.”

One of Cal’s prized possessions is a yellow ukulele, which he brought with him to Rockfest.

“It started off with The Figs signing it and then it got passed around to the other bands as they went backstage,” Ms Shepherd said.

“He wouldn’t go to sleep the other night, he just wanted to look at his ukulele.”

Helen Grossi of Still Memories Digital Photography took pictures of Cal with some of the bands, including Thirsty Merc and The Black Sorrows’ Joe Camilleri.

“He’s got a picture up in his room, we got one of them printed out and framed along with his wristband,” said Ms Shepherd.

“He was thrilled to be out there and amongst it all. He’s really into music, he’s got a computer he controls with his eyes so he tries to write his own songs.”

Ms Shepherd wanted to thank her friends Carol and Fran for starting the process, Randall Ragenovich and Justin Hoskins from Broken Hill Toyota for making the evening possible, and Helen Grossi for taking the photos.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for him to get to do something really special to do with music and I thank everyone for that,” Ms Shepherd said. 

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