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MEDIA RELEASE 7 October 2010 For immediate release Concert spectacular at St John’s Cathedral to assist the homeless Lovers of choral music and all things Celtic will have a unique opportunity to experience an outstanding production later this month. On Saturday 30 October, beneath the soaring spires of Brisbane’s iconic gothic-style St John’s Cathedral, more than 50 acclaimed local artists will come together for a concert spectacular to support the homeless and disadvantaged. This inspiring fundraising concert will feature performances by the Redland City Pipe Band, Queensland Services Heritage Band, Redland Scottish and Celtic Highland Dancing Academy, Belle Strings, Christine Harms, Jim Smith and many more well known artists. The event – a first of its kind for Brisbane – is being held by Club 139 and Hunt 4 Homeless – two charity organisations providing crucial support to individual and families experiencing homelessness in the greater Brisbane area. Rod Kelly, Manager of Club 139, said all money raised from the event will go directly towards helping feed the city’s homeless and disadvantaged community. “Homelessness is a major issue in Brisbane affecting literally hundreds of people on a daily basis. It is very distressing, particularly as we come into the Christmas period,” Rod said. “That is why we are so excited about this concert. Not only are we putting on a wonderful concert with a real variety of talented performers taking the stage in awe-inspiring surroundings, but it will directly benefit those most in need. The proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards feeding the disadvantaged men, women and children in our community, so this is a unique event on all levels. “I would encourage everyone to come along and bring the whole family. Tickets will sell fast, so get in early and you can be part of something magical,” Rod says. Michael Andreotti from Hunt 4 Homeless said they were expecting upwards of 600 people to attend. “St John’s Cathedral is an amazing venue and the acoustics in there with all the performers will be absolutely amazing. “We are very fortunate to have the generosity of our sponsors and participants to support the work we are doing in the community,” Mike says. “Through this concert we also hope to inspire people to engage in this issue. Homelessness is a very real and confronting issue, and we rely heavily on support from our local community and businesses. This is your chance to make a real difference.” Concert details Date: 30 October 2010 | Time: 7.00pm – 10.30pm | Venue: St John’s Cathedral, 373 Ann Street Brisbane Tickets: $35 adult / $20 concession and children under 15 years Beverages and light refreshments can be purchased on the night. To purchase tickets contact 139 Club by phone on (07) 3254 1144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org // Ends Media note Please contact Mike Andreotti on 0407 735 390 An interview can be arranged on or Sarah Booij on 0430 376 444 request. The concert is proudly brought to you by 139 Club, Hunt 4 Homeless and sponsored by John Dopson from Pounds Shillings and Pence fruit and vegetable wholesalers. The support of Byron Seymour from Aussie, Lady Benise Killen, and the Lions Club is gratefully acknowledged. About Club 139 Club 139 is a homeless drop-in centre on Brunswick Street in New Farm. The club started life out of a small garage at 139 Charlotte Street before moving to its current premises. It has since grown into Queensland’s largest day centre for homeless and the disadvantaged serving between 200 – 300 people daily and over 75,000 people a year. The centre provides vital and much needed facilities from a hot meal and warm shower, through to free clothes and a locker where people can safely and securely stow their belongings. It also goes much further with many community volunteers helping to provide a range of medical, psychological and professional services to assist those in need. About Hunt 4 Homeless Hunt 4 Homeless is a not-for-profit company funded entirely from private donations that seeks to provide quality home-cooked meals for the homeless of Brisbane on weekends and public holidays. Serving up to 130 people at a time, Hunt 4 Homeless offers hot lunches and desserts, as well as special celebrations on holidays to the poorest and most disadvantaged of Brisbane’s community. The organisation was funded for its first 12 years through the generosity of John Hunt. Following John’s death in 2007, Hunt 4 Homeless has continued to provide its services through the generosity of volunteers, now led by Ian Muir, with a commitment to ensuring that John’s vision lives on.
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