Bar­nesy to raise spir­its and funds for Yasi vic­tims

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

THE work­ing class man, Jimmy Barnes, will lift the spir­its of those af­fected by Cy­clone Yasi higher and higher when he ar­rives in Townsville in April.

The mu­sic le­gend will per­form along­side ARIA award-win­ning artist Shan­non Noll, Ricky-Lee Coul­ter and Aus­tralian Idol win­ner Stan Walker in a bid to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for those hit hard­est by the se­vere storm.

Rock­ers Dragon will also per­form in the seven-hour fes­ti­val of mu­sic.

It will be the most im­pressi ve l i ne-up of big-name Aussie rock/ pop artists to ever ap­pear in con­cert in North Queens­land.

The com­bined Ro­tary Clubs of Townsville, un­der the guid­ance of Kim Faithf ul, have t eamed up t o or­gan­ise the Xs­trata Cy­clone Re­lief Con­cert NQ, one month af­ter cat­e­gory five Cy­clone Yasi dev­as­tated res­i­dents in North Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘ The orig­i­nal con­cept was to have the con­cert to help with the flood down south but when the cy­clone hit we changed the fo­cus,’’ Mr Faith­ful said.

‘‘ We’ve had a lot of sup­port ( and) we’re hop­ing to raise over $ 200,000.’’

Ticket prices for the in the mas­sive out­door com -mu­nity mu­sic con­cert will be $ 75 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion through to pre­mium seats at $ 100.

Premier Anna Bligh said the event was ar­guably the big­gest disas­ter fundrais­ing con­cert in the state.

‘‘ This is a great op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther help those dev­as­tated by the re­cent flood and cy­clone events,’’ Ms Bligh said.

The event will be held at Tony Ire­land Sta­dium on April 9.

Photo: DAMIAN SHAW

IT WILL BE ALL RIGHT: Singer Jimmy Barnes will help lift the spir­its of those af­fected by Cy­clone Yasi through a com­mu­nity con­cert

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