Bushies open heart with song
THERE'S nothing that Ron Look doesn't love about country music.
He travels far and wide, from the Warwick and District Country Music Club to Tenterfield to present a radio program.
Last Saturday, he was home in Stanthorpe to present the Country Music Round-up at the Anglican Church to help out Granite Belt Support Services.
Along with musicians, Alan Taylor, Donna Coleman, Mel Lingard and wife, Liz Look, who form the group, Country Music Bushies, he hit out songs from Johnny Cash and other great country artists for four hours.
This is the sixth similar event and it came about as the Looks "knew a lot of young ones with disabilities” and had previously done volunteer work through the Endeavour Foundation.
"I knew they were struggling for money to help different ones out,” he said.
"I asked if it would be all right if we raised money for them. They said that we didn't have to ask, they'd accept it with open arms.”
The all-volunteer effort raised money for the service, which offers daily activities and overnight respite care for people with intellectual disabilities.
The event also offered an outing to the participants, many who enjoy music and dancing and get dressed up in celebratory style.
Pat Bruce, who works for the organisation, volunteered to do the door along with James Massey who also put his hand up to drive the bus.
Pat said participants decided what activities to do and covered many sporting and social events such as karaoke, dances and attending football matches.
They also took part in the Stanthorpe busking festival.
Ron only started performing about 10 years ago after he took wife, Liz, to practice.
He saw a songbook featuring his idol Johnny Cash and thought he would have a try.
"The band said that they'd give it a run through and it kicked off from there,” he said.
Although the band plays other country artists such as Don Williams, the "Man in Black, Johnny Cash takes up most of their repertoire.
"I tried to sing Patsy Cline but I can't get up high enough for that,” he said.