Time to make music for Mark


Fans of popular Queenstown musician Mark Wilson are being urged to throw a few dollars his way.

The well-known blind pianist is recuperating with his parents in Cromwell after brain surgery for a cancerous tumour in April.

He suffered a seizure in February while being driven back to Queenstown after rehearsing with the Central Otago Regional Choir.

Wilson hasn’t been home since.

His friend Dan Gerard has set up the Mark Wilson Trust Account at ANZ Bank in the hope people will donate money to help him out when he returns. “Mark’s such a lovely guy,” Gerard says.

“He’ll help anyone – and it’s right that people should also help him.”

Wilson’s aware of the trust fund but probably won’t have an idea of how much could be raised, Gerard says.

“Every small contribution will mount up so don’t be afraid if you only want to contribute a few dollars.

“It never really occurred to me how much of an icon Mark is until this happened.

“He’s one of the few people I think about when I think of Queenstown.”