George Tavern hosts carpark party for Dom Punch

An East Maitland pub will host a car-park party inspired by the Day On The Green Festival to support the Dom Punch trust.

Janine Redman, co-owner of the George Tavern at Greenhills, said Punchy’s Carpark Party was not so much a fundraiser as a mini-festival.

"It'll be a chance for people to come have a good time, enjoy live bands, the pop-up bars and food vans," she said.

HAVE A DRINK WITH DOM: George Tavern manager Janine Redman and the staff at the pub will host a car park party with Dom Punch. Picture: Marina Neil

HAVE A DRINK WITH DOM: George Tavern manager Janine Redman and the staff at the pub will host a car park party with Dom Punch. Picture: Marina Neil

"We'll roll out 60 metres of synthetic grass that was donated... heaps of the bands and businesses are donating their time and things to the event.

“It's a great show of community spirit." 

Mr Punch worked at the Greenhills pub when he suffered a paralysing spinal injury in a rugby accident last year.

Since then the pub has held numerous fundraisers and events in his honour.

"The expense of dealing with that injury is massive," Ms Redman said.

"[Dom's family] gets some support from the government but it's not enough."

Ms Redman said the ticket sales to the car park party would go straight to Mr Punch's trust fund.

There will also be a small raffle of a 55-inch TV but the focus will be on officially welcoming Mr Punch home to the community and showing support for his recovery.

Punchy’s Carpark Party will be held at the George Tavern on October 15 from 4pm, with bands playing until 11.30pm.

Earlier this week Fairfax Media reported the pub is also spearheading a fundraising effort to purchase a modified car for Mr Punch to drive. 

"It's just a matter of increasing my independence," Mr Punch told Fairfax Media

"It will open so many more doors for me."

On November 13 they will also help out at The Punch Bowl, Dom’s Double Wicket Day at Lorn park cricket club. 

Tickets to the event will be $25 online or $30 at the gate and can be purchased online. For more information, visit at the George Tavern’s Facebook page.

Live music line-up for Dom’s Carpark Party: GenR8, Melbourne Street, Misbehave, Raave Tapes, Sundays Record and DJ sets from Tim Coffey.

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