pictured L-R: Christian Olliff and Philippa McAtee, band member Neil Beales, Saroush Mirmoeini and Steven Clay from Bethel Woods, at the cheque presentation.Performing as The Sell Outs, a band made up of Corrections employees entertained a packed Wellington bar recently, raising nearly $1,200 for two Women’s Refuges in Wellington.

The funds, $1,190 in total from ticket sales, donations and topped up by venue Bethel Woods, will be split between Wellington Women’s Refuge and Te Whare Rokiroki Maori Women’s Refuge.

The five band members, all Corrections employees, formed The Sell Outs especially for the one-off gig.  Drummer and event organiser, Christian Olliff says they wanted to raise funds for a charity where the funds would go to good use locally.

“We all play in other bands or regularly as solo performers, and we wanted to play together, but for a good cause. Wellington Women’s Refuge and Te Whare Rokiroki Maori Women’s Refuge were a good fit.

“We approached Bethel Woods to see if they could assist with the use of their bar as a venue.  The whole team got right behind the event with not only the space to perform but supported and looked after all involved.  A huge thanks to them for hosting us all.”

Around 150 people attended the gig in November that featured a set list of popular rock songs ranging from Lenny Kravitz and Radiohead to Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam.

“We had a really great time”, says Ange Chaney, Manager Te Whare Rokiroki Maori Women’s Refuge.

Philippa McAtee, Manager of Wellington Women’s Refuge, agreed.  “It was a great crowd, great fun, and Corrections’ supporters were awesome.”

The donation was much appreciated says Philippa. “Just under half of our funding is from the Government, so we have to fundraise for the rest.

“This is a really big contribution and will make a big difference.  We’re really grateful for the support we get from the Wellington community.”

And while the gig was supposed to be a one-off, Christian says they’ve had requests for other appearances.

“We’re looking into whether we can re-form and do another charity gig,” he said.  “If a second show happens we want it to be bigger, louder and prouder.”