Come to my lawn for a Charity Concert
It’s that time of the year again where Hahei Homestead will be hosting the Annual Lawnmowers Son “Music on the Lawn” charity event: this Saturday, 3 February, at Hahei Homestead, from 1.00pm – 4:30pm.
Shaun Jackson, owner of the Hahei Homestead with its two acres of gardens and the enormous Moreton Bay Fig tree, is looking forward to hosting this event by which he raises money for cancer sufferers through the work of Mercury Bay Community Support Trust (MBCST). This venue for the summer concert is also the home of the Lawnmower’s Son Art Gallery owned by Shaun. Shaun lost his sister Stacey Bale through cancer. She lived locally and it was the work of the Trust that helped Stacey so much. “It was Stacey, who encouraged me to buy and restore this Homestead,” says Shaun. “She brought me back to Hahei where I grew up and where my family has been for 42 years.” Shaun’s inspiration from Stacey has him organising and hosting this outdoor concert annually. He has raised thousands of dollars towards the work of the MBCST, especially for the vehicle that transports all the equipment needed for cancer sufferers to be able to stay in their own homes. This was recently purchased and presented to the community with its’ wrapping thanking their sponsors. Shaun’s family name is there as one of the sponsors of the van. Shaun describes the event as a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment and relaxation. Live music from Phil Hart and his band plus a food truck is there to help the picnic ambience. He is encouraging people to wear a hat, and bring a chair or blanket for sitting. . “Our aim is to raise $10,000 from this event, with all proceeds going to our local Mercury Bay Community Support Trust.” There is no charge to come to this generous event but Shaun is asking for donations as you enter and volunteers from the MBCST will be active with their collection buckets during the afternoon. “ We are very appreciative of your support and donations can be made to the following Bank Account: Bank: ASB A/c No. 12 3083 0782100 00 A/c. Name: Shaun Jackson Hahei Homestead Hahei Homestead was completed in 1875 for Robert Wigmore, the first Justice of the Peace and acting magistrate for the wider district. The restoration a few years ago also included an art gallery featuring many New Zealand artists, aptly named, The Lawnmower’s Son. Shaun’s father and mother had a lawn mowing round, and when he was looking around for a name for the gallery after his return to Hahei, he decided to call it The Lawnmower’s Son, “That is who I am and that is where it all started,” says Shaun.