Fundraiser hits the right note

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SU­BI­ACO res­i­dent Adrian Barich stepped in to em­cee last week’s an­nual Cabaret for Telethon at Friends Restau­rant after Basil Zem­pi­las was a late ex­clu­sion be­cause of laryn­gi­tis.

Play School’s Don Spencer – who Barich re­ferred to as ‘ Big Ted’ all night – per­formed There’s a Bear in There en­cour­ag­ing the 100-strong au­di­ence to sing along and Leo Sayer also per­formed.

Rachael Beck gave up her birth­day to per­form on the night and there was a Happy Birth­day sing-along in her hon­our.

Just when they thought pock­ets were empty fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful silent auc­tion, Sayer jumped on stage to auc­tion two au­to­graphed framed pho­tos of him­self, jok­ing that he would take $25 each for them – they went for $1000 each.

For­mer WA Gov­er­nor Mal­colm McCusker do­nated $20,000 but de­clined to re­peat last year’s singing per­for­mance.

Money raised will go to the Aus­tralian Chil­dren’s Mu­sic Foun­da­tion, which pro­vides free mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion and in­stru­ments to dis­ad­van­taged and in­dige­nous chil­dren and youth at risk. huge hon­our for the stu­dents to sing with such a well-re­spected per­former.

For­mer Stage­coach stu­dents in­clude Emma Wat­son from Harry Pot­ter and Jamie Bell from Billy El­liot.

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