Koalas on Magnetic Island benefit from fundraiser Jazz and Koalas

Congratulations to Sandra Beynon for pulling off another Jazz and Koalas event at Sandi’s on Magnetic Island last Sunday 22nd August 2021.

The event was a sellout and judging by the frivolity of the patrons, a much-needed diversion from the constant threats of lockdown, cancellations and general confusion about where we are all headed.

Joined by island local, Andrew Djaski, on trumpet, and  Townsville guitarist, Jeremy Hawker, plus the very competent Graham Ross on drums, the music spilled out over 4 hours.

After a special set by some music students, Sandra Beynon took to the stage with a set of tunes made famous by Ella Fitzgerald.

Later, Sandra would get the crowd swinging to some samba tunes with a full set of bossanova made famous by Astrud Gilberto.

Of course, the idea of the event is to raise money for the Magnetic Island Koala Hospital and lots of raffle tickets and donations later, just over $1000 was handed over to Dr Ali Bee, local vet and woman behind the koala hospital on the island.

“There’s a constant need for donations to help us feed the injured and sick koalas which come into our care.  We’re extremely grateful to Sandra for putting this event on for the third time.  It was a great day to raise awareness of the need to treasure this precious creature, wherever we might be in Australia,” said Dr Bee.

Special thanks to our transport sponsor, Sealink Queensland.

Murmurs abound as to whether the event will re-brand to enable the inclusion of other music genres.  Perhaps next year’s event will be “Jam for Koalas” or “Groovin’ the Koalas” or  even Rockin’ the Wildilfe”.

Sandra Beynon is a Brisbane-based vocalist and event organiser with Body and Soul Music and Events, and also My Chilli Festival.