Joshua Harrison and Caitlin Hyde at Whale Jam.
Joshua Harrison and Caitlin Hyde at Whale Jam. Leigh Jensen

Whale Jam goes swimmingly

RAINY weather didn’t keep revellers from the Sea Shepherd’s Whale Jam fundraiser, where an eclectic mix of art and music attracted a full house of people.

Sea Shepherd’s Coffs Harbour co-ordinator Joshua Harrison said he was worried when he looked out the window first thing Saturday.

“It was bucketing down and we planned to hold the event both inside and out of Open Studio, with a main stage inside and another one outdoors,” Mr Harrison said.

“But at 2pm everyone rocked up and no one seemed to mind staying inside to avoid the weather.

"There were around 300 people there at any one time.

“It was a successful event, everyone was excited and there was lots of great energy from a diverse group of people.

Mr Harrison said the rain cleared toward the end and the crowd spilled outside, with a large crew hanging round until the end.

The event featured a cast of performers and locals were treated to a night of live music.

Ocean-themed artworks were donated by local and national artists and on offer to the highest bidder to raise money for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

There are no final figures as yet but an estimated $3000 was raised.

“We sold heaps of food, merchandise and about 15 artworks at last count.

"The rest are still on sale at Open Studio, in Vernon Street.

“The crowd included all age groups – young and old, mums and kids – it was a great response and everyone is thrilled about the fundraiser’s success.

“There were a lot of like-minded people and passionate supporters who were pleased something was happening in Coffs Harbour.”

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