12 October 2015
Fanning and friends rock out for Youngcare’s 10th birthday bash
Brisbane’s iconic City Hall was shaken to its 95-year-old foundations when Bernard Fanning hit the stage for the momentous 2015 Youngcare Benefit Concert, celebrating 10 years helping young Aussies with high care needs.
The former Powderfinger front man was the star attraction and curator of Saturday night’s gig, which saw music fans pack into the historic King George Square venue.
Fans enjoyed an electric atmosphere hosted by Julian Morrow, as Brisbane band Mosman Alder and Melbourne’s #1Dads hit the stage, along with surprise guest, The Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster.
It was an emotional night for singer-songwriter Fanning, who fronted the very first Youngcare concert at City Hall in 2006.
“It’s always such a great honour for us to be involved,” Fanning said.
“Thanks again to everyone who took part in another great Youngcare show.”
Fanning was inspired to help Youngcare through his friendship with David and Shevaune Conry, whose battle with Shevaune’s multiple sclerosis helped to shine a spotlight on the lack of choice in care and accommodation faced by young Aussies with high care needs.
Shevaune’s plight led to the foundation of Youngcare in 2005, which works to provide purpose-built accommodation, grants, research and a phone line for young Australians with high care needs forced to live in aged care or at home in the care of loved ones.
Since 2006, the four Youngcare Benefit Concerts have been a huge part of the charity’s success, raising more than $650,000.
Youngcare CEO Samantha Kennerley thanked Fanning and the other acts for their commitment to raising vital awareness and funds for young Aussies with high care needs.
“The time and efforts that Bernard and all the artists and event supporters have given us will make a massive difference to the lives of the young people we strive to help,” Kennerley said.
“We cannot fully express our gratitude to all involved, from Youngcare’s Foundation Partner, Suncorp Insurance who proudly presented this concert; to Bernard and the talented artists; to ticketing partner Moshtix and all our event sponsors; and to our guests for helping to create such a memorable night of laughs and music.
“It’s thanks to our passionate supporters that we can continue providing greater choice, independence and dignity to young Aussies with high care needs into the next ten years and beyond.”
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