LAST weekend’s Northside Bizarre at The Laird Hotel saw another impressive turnout from the Melbourne LGBTI community to support and raise over $17,000 funds for JOY 94.9 and the Victorian AIDS Council’s David Williams Fund (DWF).

The annual event saw The Laird Hotel open its doors to both men and women as a market place, auction house and barbecue with all funds raised being split between Melbourne’s independent LGBTI radio station and VAC’s emergency financial assistance service for people living with HIV.

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“The Northside Bizarre, at the Laird, has become a great community tradition for Melbourne,” VAC chief executive Simon Ruth said.

“We saw people from all communities, including the leather community, JOY 94.9, local businesses, the bear community, and [Melbourne] Chargers rugby and Surge waterpolo clubs.

“A huge crowd came out for what’s become not only a significant annual fundraiser but a great social event.”

JOY 94.9 general manager Conrad Browne agreed with these sentiments, and thanked The Laird, volunteers and people who donated auction items to help with the fundraiser.

“Once again, JOY 94.9 was so pleased to be a part of this annual event that brings together our diverse community to support two great Melbourne institutions,” he said.

The Laird co-owner Brett Lasham added: “Mark [co-owner] and I couldn’t be happier with the turnout on Sunday. It’s so rewarding to be able to host an event which brings such a friendly and diverse crowd.

“Northside Bizarre really does show that our community spirit is alive and well. Mark and I would like to say a special thanks to David Adams, who was the catalyst for Northside Bizarre coming together back in 2011.”

Lasham also confirmed plans for a 2015 Northside Bizarre event.

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