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Local Concert to Support Bushfire Relief Fund


17 February 2009

17 February 2009

Professor Helen Bartlett

Monash University Gippsland will host a musical concert to raise funds for the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund, which will support those affected by recent bushfires.

ABC Gippsland Radio and The Lyrebird Arts Council are joining forces with other organisations and individuals to present the benefit which will be held on Saturday 21 February at 7pm in the Monash University Auditorium in Churchill.

Performers will include renowned Australian country singer Sara Storer, Toni Childs (who has just arrived in Australia for a national tour) and local musicians Mia Dyson and Liz Stringer.

From Gippsland, The Monash Sinfonia, Strezlecki String Buster's and local musician Brodie Young will perform, with more artists to be announced.

Professor Helen Bartlett, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Monash University Gippsland, reinforced the university's commitment to assist with the fire recovery effort.

"The campus is focused on working closely with the Gippsland community, and we know the need to provide support at a time like this is paramount," she said.

Ian Bevington from The Lyrebird Arts Council said all performers and support staff were donating their time and talents to the event, as were many local organisations who have donated sought after items that will be auctioned throughout the evening.

"The response has been tremendous," Mr Bevington said, "The Hawthorn Football Club for example have donated signed football jumpers, and artists such as Taasha Coates from 'The Audreys' have sent personally signed posters. There will also be a wide range of CD's auctioned and special t-shirts available for purchase".

Tickets are priced at $25 and are available online or from Leading Edge Music Stores in Traralgon and Sale. Tickets can also be purchased at the Monash University Gippsland Campus Main Reception desk or at the university Auditorium on the night. For more information visit the ABC Gippsland website or The Lyrebird Arts Council website.

ABC Radio will broadcast live from the benefit.