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Monumental Fundraiser

Monumental Fundraiser
Sat 16 Feb
Time : 8pm - 11pm
Porta Lawyers and G.R. Brown Solicitor will host The Lord Atkin Monument and Motor Neurone Disease Fundraiser event for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research and for the continued refurbishment of the Atkin Monument in Sandgate.

The fundraiser to be held on Saturday, 16 February at the Sandgate Town Hall, will feature The Songs and Stories of Paul Kelly – a collection of music, songs, stories and images presented by a five-piece band who pay tribute to one of Australia’s most revered artists.

A cash bar will operate on the night and nibbles will be provided.

Event organisers, Lexie Edwards of G.R. Brown Solicitor, and Giovanni Porta of Porta Lawyers said raising funds for the monument was motivated by the late Mr Brown, founder of G.R. Brown Solicitor, who died from MND in 2018.

“Gordon Raymond Brown was a respected legal practitioner in Sandgate for many years and a notary public,” Mr Porta said.

MND is the name given to a group of diseases, where neurones fail to work normally. MND can affect a person’s ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. It is a chronic condition that cannot be cured.

“Before Mr Brown’s untimely death on February 12, 2018, he and I exchanged ideas regarding a fundraiser for the Lord Atkin monument, at Sandgate.”

Mrs Edwards added that after Mr Brown’s death, a decision was made to split any funds raised.

“Mr Brown was a humble, understanding and kind man,” she said.

Fifty percent of the funds raised on the night will go towards MND research, with the remaining funds going towards the Lord Atkin Monument refurbishment.

The Lord Atkin Monument, situated on the grounds of St Margaret’s Anglican Church, stands over the graves of Robert Travers Atkin and Grace Travers Atkin, the father and aunt of famous English judge, Lord James Richard (Dick) Atkin (Baron Atkin). Until recently, the Atkin Monument had fallen into disrepair.

“Having been damaged by protruding tree roots and with lichen and fungus getting into small cracks in the porous sandstone slab on which the monument stands, an action group was established to focus on its repair,” Mrs Edwards said.

The monument was recently stabilised, restored and the tree attended to, but more work is needed.

“The future plans for the monument are to level a concrete pad close to where the monument stands, and to erect a shelter facing the monument with seating, landscaping and storyboards,” she said.

In 1932, Lord Atkin delivered the leading judgment in a landmark case, Donoghue v Stevenson, where a decomposing snail was found in a bottle of ginger beer that had been consumed.

“The case established the law of negligence – the duty of care, and is still followed today, some 86 years later,” Mrs Edwards said.

“The monument is a historical symbol right here in Sandgate, connecting us to Lord Atkin.”

The Lord Atkin Monument and Motor Neurone Disease Fundraiser will run from 8pm to 11pm on Saturday, 16 February. Tickets are $55 and are available from: or call: 3265 3888.