Help my friend join the UN

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A Queenstown violinist is calling on other musicians to join her in a fundraising classical music concert. 

Nat Okazaki wants to raise money for her friend and local woman Sofia Robinson, who is attending November’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Qatar. 

Robinson, 27, is one of five Kiwis picked for the New Zealand Youth Delegation, which provides a voice on the youth climate movement at the UN climate change negotiations. 

Robinson will also be part of the International Youth Climate Movement that aims to design solutions for improving communities but needs to raise money to help pay for her trip. 

Okazaki plays in local Irish band Hair of the Dog and wants to put on a classical and folk music concert at Montfort Gallery on November 3 in a bid to raise money for Robinson’s flights. 

Okazaki has already enlisted a pianist, flutist, banjo player and an opera singer but is looking to get more musical talent on board. 

“Classical music is really challenging and I wanted to do something challenging,” she says. 

“Hopefully we can get other musicians, including school students, who are keen to get involved.” 

Okazaki is a big supporter of local fundraising events – she was a driving force behind the local concert for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 and has helped with Songstars and Winter Festival lineups. 

Meanwhile Robinson, who plans to share her UN experience with schools and organisations when she returns, is also looking for donated items for a silent auction at the concert. 

Those interested can get in touch at hairofthedogqt@gmail.com.