Above: Rowley Hill remembered at Blacken the Globe 2015. Photo by CHARLIE LOWSON.
Rowley Hill’s family – Richard, Jane, Samual, Asta and Jasmine – would like to thank the wonderful community of Alice Springs and beyond, for your love, support and overwhelming generosity since we lost our Rowley in the Todd River the evening of 8 January, 2015.
We thank you all who came from far and wide, and those unable to make it, for making the most dreadful time of our lives one of hope, love, tears and laughter. It was such a dreadful time for us all and we want to thank all of you who offered your support when we most needed it. Because of you all Rowley had a beautiful send off which was so well planned and orchestrated with the support of many people who dropped everything to help. You all know who you are, and we thank you.
At right: Rowley on top of the Mount Gillen range overlooking his hometown.
We also want to say thank you to the emergency services, police, coroner and funeral services for treating us all with dignity and respect. We also thank the Arrernte community for helping us to cope, and thank you to friends both old and new, colleagues and our mob as large as it is.
The third Blacken the Globe music festival, held on the Easter weekend, was dubbed “Rock for Rowley” as a tribute to Rowley’s long time commitment to The Black Wreath and Uncreation, who played their final performance and farewelled Rowley. What a spectacular performance it was and a wonderful night of special songs written in remembrance of him that we will never forget.
We thank you Pirate for your dedication, drive and commitment to Rowley, to us, and to the creativity of our community. You really did an exceptional job. To all the interstate and local artists, the visual, sound, streaming and supports, we thank you and will hold the evening close to our hearts forever.
Over 500 tickets were sold as well as raffle tickets; tee shirts were made and a BBQ had. All of the proceeds were donated to our family, along with an online donation of over $2,000, totalling $9,000. Unbelievable. We thank you for your generosity and support, it is truly overwhelming.
At left: Rowley, skateboarding with style. Photo by OLIVER ECLIPSE.
Even through this dreadful time when we mourn the loss of Rowley we acknowledge the generosity of the community. This financial support will be used for all things Rowley. We propose finishing off the paint job on the Kombi that Rowley didn’t get to finish, and to have a gravestone designed, so that no-one need miss his final resting place in Alice Springs.
We take this opportunity to thank each and every person who has so willingly given of themselves to help us out, love us and remember him.