Concert showcases talent, raises funds

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Performers came together as a collective for the finale and sang to Andre Van Rooyen.

Friday night’s Performing For Andre concert at Ashburton College auditorium showcased the talents of past and present students, as well as three current staff members.

An impressive line up took to the stage to present a variety show that included singing, dance, musicianship and drama.

An audience of more than 200 people turned out for the concert for former Mid Canterbury Tennis coach Andre Van Rooyen, who is battling a severe form of lung cancer and continues to have to fund his own expensive drug treatment.

Performers on the night included dancer Hannah Wakelin, drama graduate Libby Higson, teacher Jack Hanrahan, voice student Erin Connelly-Whyte, Ocean Waitokia and a hip-hop dance group New Generation.

The second half of the show feature college rockers Middle Road, drama script performer Mitchell Farr, singers Lucy Clough and Luke Glendining, the Delicious Dance Crew and Jack Bubb.

Performers came together for the finale, with Mr Van Rooyen brought on stage for the Elton John classic Your Song.

College teacher Ron Cresswell was the MC for the show and a number of donated items were auctioned by Rodger Letham.

The evening raised $10,000 and was coordinated by head of senior school Claire Bubb.