Ebenezer Church Spring Fair and later Twilight of Jazz fundraiser

A previous Jazz Night by the river, a much-loved event by the locals, which will save lives in West Papua from the money raised.

A previous Jazz Night by the river, a much-loved event by the locals, which will save lives in West Papua from the money raised.

THE little village of Ebenezer has two wonderful events in the next few weeks. This weekend there’s the Ebenezer Church Spring Fair, and in October there’s the annual jazz night.

The fair is on Saturday, September 30 from 8am-3pm at the church on Coromandel Road. There’ll be antique engines, lots of plants, a vintage car display, an agility dog display at 12,00 and 1.30pm, homemade cakes and jams, and at 11am the delightful Blessing of the Animals. Enquiries: Dawn on 0419 449 362.

Then on Sunday, October 15, there’s the much-loved Twilight of Jazz by the river at 3.30pm to raise money for a ripsnorter cause – building wells in West Papua in a program started by members of the Uniting Church Pitt Town and the Andrews family of South Maroota.

They have built 28 wells so far at a cost of $2500 each. In villages where one has been put in, infant mortality drops markedly and their lives are changed overnight, Rebecca Andrews said, who raises the funds for the volunteer Hawkesbury group.

It was Ms Andrews’ sister who lived in PNG and saw the need for the wells and helped set up the West Papuan Development Corporation. “Our immediate goal is to find sufficient regular income to build a well every month,” Ms Andrews said.

Bring folding chairs or a picnic blanket and drinks to while away the evening on, entertained by The Jazz Men with backing singers. Tickets are $15 as head. Book with Rebecca on 0439 309 303. Tickets will be available on the night if not sold out before. Sausage sizzle, steak sandwiches, gourmet salads and cakes will be sold.

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