Crowdfunding campaign for musician Chris Wilson raises over $50,000 in 24 hours
The crowd-funding campaign for ailing Victoria-based musician Chris Wilson has got off to a flying start.
The original target of $50,000 was reached within the first 24 hours.
The campaign has now increased its target to $100,000, with the total funds raised hovering just below $70,000 at the time of writing.
Wilson, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, will not be able to work again.
His wife Sarah will be stopping work to care for him.
Friends and colleagues who initiated the campaign say, “For over forty years Chris has given the people of Melbourne, Australia and the world the gift of his talent and enormous heart.
“As a singer, harmonica player, songwriter, producer, mentor, husband, father and friend he has laid himself on the line and lived with fierce authenticity.
“So if you can spare a buck or two please help ensure that financial stress is one thing the Wilson family won’t have to endure at this time.”
As reported in TMN, a benefit concert is being organised for him by Cherry Bar owner James Young, to be held at the Corner Hotel on Friday, August 24.
The first round of acts includes Steve Lucas, Kerri Simpson, Jerome Smith, Barb Waters, Shane O’Mara, Barry Palmer, Tim Rogers, Dave Hogan, Jo Jo Smith, Matt Dwyer and radio’s Max Crawdaddy on the decks.
More names will be unveiled in coming weeks.
Wilson will not be able to perform on the night.