Armidale's Hip Hop community is rallying around a local family whose children face an ongoing medical battle with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
The Oxley Family Hip Hop Fundraiser on July 1 at The Imperial Hotel will feature performances by Armidale and Brisbane based group Brokenword, with support from Enflux, Benny Siegel and Inverell's Terse with all funds raised going to the Oxley family's gofundme account.
Parents Jacob and Christie Oxley are trying to raise $200,000 for treatment in America for their children Micah, and Adeline, who suffer from spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative muscle disorder of which the only treatment available is in the United States.
With members of Brokenword set to move overseas in coming months, the fundraiser may be their final ever performance in Armidale and the group will play songs from their debut album Set It Free as well as tracks from their joint EP with Enflux entitled Cost of Living.
Armidale local Benny Siegel will perform songs from his album Lessons From My Piano as well as some unreleased music.
The event is being organised and hosted by former The Armidale Express journalist Josh Paterson who said all the artists involved were keen to donate their talents to help Jacob and Christie Oxley raise funds for the treatment of their son and daughter.
"Jacob and Christie are wonderful people who just want to give their kids the best shot at life possible and the least myself and the artists thought we could do was put on a gig to try and give them a hand," he said.
Jacob and Christie are wonderful people who just want to give their kids the best shot at life possible.
"When I put the idea to all of the artists who are all donating their time for free they didn't hesitate to say yes which is a credit to the type of people they are, especially Enflux who will drive down from Brisbane and Terse who will come across from Inverell.
"Thanks must go to Impies to for letting us stage the gig."
Mr Paterson said he was confident the Armidale community would embrace the fundraiser.
"Armidale has always supported its hip hop acts over the years and the gig is for a good cause so I really hope people come to Impies and have a good night," he said.
Entry to the fundraiser is $5 preferred or by gold coin with music starting at 9pm and finishing around midnight.
You can find out more about the gig here: https://www.facebook.com/events/289047301553239/?active_tab=about
The Oxley family's gofundme page can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/treatment-for-sma?r=79402