GOOD vibes will sound in Sunshine as rock songs and multicultural music combine to raise money for the Sunshine Hospital.
The Sunshine Business Association has organised the first Sunshine Rocks the Rail concert on Saturday, March 19 to raise money for the hospital.
With support from Brimbank Council, the concert will feature live entertainment and cultural acts from 11am-1pm.
Tribute acts including Kisstroyer, Gold Chisel, The U2 Show-Achtung Baby, The Meatloaf Show and Shewolf will perform from 2pm.
Association president Bruce White said the concert would raise money for the hospital’s childhood diabetes education and health improvement programs.
Traders decided to hold the event to help the community and also attract people to the southern part of Sunshine’s town centre, and are hoping to raise $20,000.
“We want to have a bit of fun with fashion parades, an air guitar competition, raffles and prizes and finish up with fireworks,” Mr White said.
The alcohol-free family concert will be filmed for Foxtel’s Aurora channel.
Mr White thanked Metro for allowing traders the use of the Sunshine station carpark in City Place.
Dragon Express restaurant owner and manager Lim Ung hoped the concert would bring visitors into the shopping strip’s multicultural stores and cafes.
Western Health diabetes educator Gillian Krenzin said the money raised would go towards helping women who developed gestational diabetes in pregnancy, as well as expectant mothers with pre-existing type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Ms Krenzin said the hospital wanted to offer women with diabetes, and who did not have an insulin pump, the chance to do a period of continuous glucose monitoring.
“In Sunshine we have very high percentage of GDM compared to the national average,’’ Ms Krenzin said.
“The national average is around 7-7.5 per cent of total births per centre, with Sunshine Hospital around 14-21 per cent of total births depending on the time of year.”
Sunshine Rocks the Rail will be held in City Place from 11am-9pm. The event is free but people will be asked to make a gold coin donation to the hospital. Details: sunshinebusiness.com.au