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Help local band record an EP

Singer/songwriter Vanessa Raspa (pictured above) is a pint-sized pocket rocket with a voice like no other, whose original music has been influenced by artists such as Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse and Bjork. Backed by Sydney’s sharpest young jazz players, ‘Vanessa Raspa & The Zombie Cats’ have been captivating local audiences with their unpredictable beats for years. “We have recorded bits and pieces over the years but never really had a proper recording to give to our fans,” says Raspa. “People are constantly asking us after our shows if we have a CD and we always feel terrible because never do, so it’s definitely time.”

They have just launched their very first Pozible campaign and hope to raise $10,000 to record an EP with Steven Schram, who has produced/engineered for The Cat Empire, among many others. If you’d like to help out these local musicians visit www.pozible.com/vanessaraspaandthezombiecats.


Dine and Dance for a Cure
Mayor Jo Haylen with Christine and Frank at the verge garden

Inner West resident Don Bastone held a fundraiser at Mediterranean House for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia this November, successfully raising $22,500 with the support of 90 local businesses including PRB Real Estate, Five Dock Pharmacy and AMR Motors. Don was inspired to help the PCFA after his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thanks to medical advancements, his father was able to live a fulfilled life for two decades following his diagnosis but more can be done to help those suffering the disease. Don thanked the supporting businesses as well as the 250 guests who attended the evening, and looks forward to presenting the PCFA with a cheque.


Growing greener gardens and stronger communities

If you’re cruising through Marrickville be sure to check out Ewart Street’s extreme makeover, initiated by resident Christine Beveridge. Aided by council, eight residents transformed Ewart Street’s sidewalk from concrete drab to fab with a row of beautiful footpath gardens. Christine said the verge gardens would encourage locals to participate in community life more.

Pictured right: Mayor Jo Haylen with Christine and Frank at the verge garden


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