HELPING HAND: Cruise ship musician Sebastian Casis with local musos and cruise ship ambassadors Phil Campbell and Jim Hackett. Photo: Contributed
HELPING HAND: Cruise ship musician Sebastian Casis with local musos and cruise ship ambassadors Phil Campbell and Jim Hackett. Photo: Contributed

Community helpers hitting the right note

A VISITOR to our little slice of paradise has praised the local community, finding help to get him back on stage.

Argentinean musician

Sebastian Casis was performing on the Pacific Dawn when his guitar stopped working.

"The next morning the ship stopped in Airlie Beach and I took the tender boat to get ashore, walk around town and clear my head after a long, sleepless night," he said.

"As soon as I got there I heard live music!"

Following the sounds of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire, Mr Casis came upon local cruise ship ambassadors and musicians Phil Campbell and Jim Hackett.

"In a split second Jim was calling his long-time friend and owner of Airlie Beach Music Centre, Steve McDon

ald," Mr Casis said.

Mr Hackett quickly organised a meeting, with Mr Campbell offering to give him a lift.

"Jim gave him the okay, and started playing his guitar and singing all by himself like a real pro he is," Mr Casis said.

With the replacement part proving hard to find, Mr McDonald called Peter Bek at Harrison Finn Guitar Shop.

"Pete put his hand inside a box full of parts and asked 'Is this what you are looking for?' " Mr Casis said.

"I couldn't believe my eyes."

A dash back to the marina found Mr Casis ready to take to the stage once again.

"I didn't know how to thank those guys for helping me so much," Mr Casis said.

"I promised them to do the same for somebody else,

somewhere else in the future, as a way to show my gratitude to them and to the universe, because one day I felt lost in Airlie Beach and found two friends who did all they could for me."

Anyone interested in

becoming an ambassador should contact Brian Richardson on 0400 985 760.


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