Stars Align to Raise Christmas Spirits

Deborah O'Toole will join an impressive line-up of local artists for the Mayor's Christmas Tree Appeal All Stars Concert IMAGE: Supplied

Some of Townsville’s brightest singers, dancers and comedians will come together for a star-studded evening raising much-needed funds for this year’s Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal (MCTA).

The MCTA All Stars Concert will feature 30 incredible acts set to dazzle audiences, with funds raised going to help Townsville’s less fortunate residents this Christmas. 

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said it was great to see Townsville talent get behind a worthy cause.

“This is the first concert of its kind to raise funds for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal and will include singers, dancers and comedians who have all generously donated their time,” Cr Hill said. 

“Christmas time is all about connecting with family and our community. There’s no simpler way to support this year’s Appeal than by getting your friends, family and colleagues together and unwind after tough year by enjoying this concert featuring Townsville’s best.”

The event will reflect on the trying year that Townsville has had, with many acts giving a nod to the way the local community pulled together during February’s devastating floods. Country artist Jade Holland will perform her charity single Lives on the Lawn, the cast of NQOMT’s I Can’t Stand Lorraine will perform a heavily abridged version of their hilarious cabaret parodying the floods, and stand-up comedian Susan Mattocks will recount her own flood experience.

Other performances include the talents of Deborah O’Toole, Happy Feat, Sandra Neal, Judy Higgins-Olsen, Rachel Cairns and many more.

Cr Hill said money raised at the All Stars Concert, and through the broader Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal, would support other Townsville residents.

“Money raised from this event will all go directly to purchasing hampers and meals for Townsville locals who are doing it tough this holiday season, and hopefully give them a bit of Christmas cheer.

“If you can’t make it to the All Stars Concert, there are places to make donations across the city and on the Council website, and there are also volunteering opportunities to help out with the Appeal,” she said.

“I encourage people to also remember to check in with family, neighbours and friends as Christmas draws closer. Even if it’s just through small gestures, we can all play a part in supporting our community.”

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal All Stars Concert will be held on 26 November 2019.

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