An evening of music and magic will raise funds for the Andrew Meddick Benefit Fund on Sunday 9 December at Kalk Bay Theatre at 6.30pm.

 

An evening of music and magic will raise funds for the Andrew Meddick Benefit Fund on Sunday 9 December at Kalk Bay Theatre. THE ANDREW MEDDICK BENEFIT FUND  raises funds those who need the lifesaving treatment offered by the Red Cross Children's Hospital Burns Unit.Andrew Meddick was a young man of 15, who died tragically, unexpectedly and suddenly, from an aggressive form of viral encephalitis in June this year.  Andrew’s family wanted to donate his organs – this is what Andrew would have wanted – but the virus that attacked his young body was so vicious that by the time recipients were identified, the only organ left undamaged was his skin. So his skin was donated to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Burns Unit.

 

A small 5 year old girl, known to the family only as “Bright Eyes,” with third degree burns over 80% of her body following a shack fire was the recipient of Andrew’s skin.   It saved her life – she still has a long road to travel due to the extent of her burns, but “Bright Eyes” is now at home with her family, thanks to Andrew.

 

Wishing to continue to mark and honour Andrew’s life and memory in a loving and meaningful way, his family and friends have establish THE ANDREW MEDDICK BENEFIT FUND to raise funds those who need the lifesaving treatment offered by the Burns Unit.

 

Andrew had a passion and a zest for life, borne out in his love for his friends, his family, his music, his big smile and his embracing hugs.  He was a boy, on the brink of becoming a young man who had so much to offer this world.   By raising funds for the Burns Unit, Andrew can continue to contribute to society in a meaningful way.  With his compassion and care for others, Andrew would love the idea of being a participant in changing the life of others.

 

The concert on Sunday 9 December will feature the bands System Renegade, Berkley Hunt and the Johnny Ray Band, with magic in between sets. After the first set by System Renegade, there will be a break when guests can enjoy a delicious supper of either butter chicken curry with rice and sambals or a cheese platter and a glass of house wine. Then they will be entertained with a magician and the other two bands.

 

“We hope people will support this concert and the Burns Unit,” says Simon Cooper, owner of Kalk Bay Theatre.

 

Andrew loved music and the one great passion he shared with his brother Dominic was their band System Renegade, in which Andrew played the drums.    System Renegade’s reputation had and has been growing and some of their recorded songs be downloaded on Soundcloud – they have played at a number of great events and venues in town.    This event sees them perform for the first time after after Andrew’s death and with Matt as the new drummer. Check out http://www.facebook.com/system.ren/app_178091127385 for more details about the band and some examples of their music

 

Berkley Hunt are a cover band based in the northern suburbs of Cape Town who like the music of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Tracy Chapman, Janis Joplin, Cranberries and about a million more. Formed in 2011 the line-up is Lezelle Uys on vocals; Reinhard Bester and Nick Kennedy on guitar; Melissa Nell on bass and Michael Steyn on drums.

 

With his rough voice and strong guitar-playing skills Johnny Ray’s lively Blues-Rock style is suited for a party of any kind.   Johnny Ray will be supported by Andrew’s mother, Shelley Mackay-Davidson, on bass and Michael Steyn on drums. He incorporates an element of comedy into his performances, making him an all-round entertainer who is as comfortable on a stage at a rock festival as he is at a five-star restaurant.   For more information check out http://www.facebook.com/johnnyraybluesrockmusic.

 

The concert takes place at 18h30 on Sunday 9 December at Kalk Bay Theatre. Doors open at 17h30. Tickets cost R75 for show only; R150 for show and butter chicken curry, rice and sambals or R170 for show, cheese platter and a glass of house wine.

 

Bookings on www.kbt.co.za

 

Christine Skinner

Tel: (082) 855 7277