Keith Ur­ban’s good deed

The king of coun­try mu­sic is also the king of kind­ness, set­ting aside fam­ily time to help a good cause

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He could’ve been hob­nob­bing with su­per­stars at the Tel­luride Film Fes­ti­val along with his wife Ni­cole Kid­man, but kind Keith Ur­ban cut short his time at the event, so he could make a sur­prise ap­pear­ance at a char­ity luncheon in Toowoomba – and give one lo­cal fan a mem­ory she’ll trea­sure for­ever.

Keith jet­ted into the Queens­land town for prostate can­cer fundraiser It’s A Bloke Thing, and while the 600 at­ten­dees were ex­pect­ing a “spe­cial guest”, the ex­cit­ing big re­veal didn’t come un­til the coun­try singer walked on stage.


For 31-year-old lo­cal woman Sam Dug­gan, Keith’s 60-minute set made last Mon­day “the best the day of my life”.

“I was a vol­un­teer, show­ing peo­ple to their seats,” Sam tells Woman’s Day. “When I found out Keith was the spe­cial guest, I was be­side my­self. I’m his big­gest fan! I’ve seen him in con­cert 13 times and even hol­i­dayed in Nashville to visit his star on the Walk of Fame.”

Sam, who has a fam­ily mem­ber im­pacted by prostate can­cer, grabbed a spot right in front of the stage to watch her idol up close.

“I was singing along when some­one shouted out to Keith that I knew all the words to his songs,” ex­plains Sam. “Next thing I know, he’d whisked me up on stage to sing with him.”

Sam joined the coun­try star for his hit The Fighter – and knew ev­ery word from start to fin­ish.

“I’m a ter­ri­ble singer,” she ad­mits, “but I wasn’t go­ing to pass up the chance to sing with the best man in the world!”


And the “best man in the world” he could very well be, for not only did he kindly say Sam’s singing was “im­pres­sive”, it’s come to light Keith hired a pri­vate jet at his own ex­pense to get from LA to the event, and didn’t pocket a cent.

Woman’s Day can re­veal the fa­ther-of-two, who’s cur­rently in the mid­dle of his Graf­fiti U world tour, was sup­posed to be en­joy­ing a well-earned week off with his wife Ni­cole Kid­man, 51, and their daugh­ters Sun­day, 10, and Faith, seven. But big-hearted Keith, who grew up in nearby Ca­bool­ture, put pre­cious “Kur­ban” fam­ily plans on hold to fly over and sing at the sit-down luncheon to raise funds

for re­search and cre­ate aware­ness about prostate can­cer.

“Keith was keen to get in­volved and the event was sen­sa­tional. We ended up raising $2 mil­lion as a re­sult of his ef­forts,” says one of the or­gan­is­ers, John Wag­ner, who adds that when he was ap­proached to per­form at the event six months ago, the four­time Grammy Award-win­ning artist didn’t hes­i­tate to com­mit.

“He used his days off to help us out,” John re­veals. “Keith’s just a beau­ti­ful hu­man be­ing and so gen­er­ous with his time. And he has his own con­nec­tion with prostate can­cer, too.”

In late 2015, Keith lost his beloved fa­ther, Robert, to the dis­ease, and other mem­bers of the Ur­ban clan have bat­tled it, too.

“My fa­ther had prostate can­cer, so I’m hon­oured I could be a part of this, and thank­ful to or­gan­is­ers for do­ing this,” the 50-year-old coun­try star told the crowd be­fore belt­ing out some of his best-loved hits, in­clud­ing Some­body Like You.

In Aus­tralia, al­most 18,000 new cases of prostate can­cer will be di­ag­nosed this year – and like so many oth­ers, John has also bat­tled the dis­ease.


“I was first di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer when I was 49 and I’ve beaten it twice,” he re­veals. “I’ve been cured for four-and-a-half years now.

“For those di­ag­nosed early it’s a cur­able dis­ease but men need to talk about it and get checked. It’s our job to spread the word and keep work­ing un­til we find a cure,” says John.

And while the event – now in its eighth year – made a motza for the wor­thy cause, it’s also cre­ated last­ing me­mories for the town.

“Keith’s the big­gest su­per­star to come here,” says Sam, who’s been a fan for 15 years. “The com­mu­nity is buzzing and so proud of the event, and I per­son­ally feel like my life is com­plete.”

Adds or­gan­iser John, “The Qan­tas It’s A Bloke Thing has gone from strength to strength, but when Keith Ur­ban turns up in Toowoomba to sing at a prostate can­cer event, it doesn’t get much bet­ter than that. We’re hum­bled he came all the way from the US to per­form at the lunch.” Onya, Keith!

‘I’m his big­gest fan! I’ve seen him in con­cert 13 times’

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