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City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2011
the 'Ballarat Car' to feature
in the 2011 variety vic Bash
Car 4 will wear the City of Ballarat’s ‘Come to Life’ stars when it leaves
Melbourne on Monday 22 August to take part in the long-running Variety
Vic Bash road trip to raise money for local children’s charities.
The global charity first began in Australia in 1975. Over the years the Variety
Bash has delivered more than $180 million to help children who are sick,
disadvantaged or have special needs.
The first Variety Vic Bash charity run took place in 1992. It has covered
80,181kms and has raised over $15 million for children in Victoria.
The charity has made a number of funding contributions to the Ballarat
community. The Variety Vic Bash charity run presented $3,000 to Pinnarc
children’s charity before kicking off from Ballarat on 10 August 2010. The
funding went towards the creation of the Liberty Swing in the Community
Adventure Playground near Lake Wendouree.
The Variety Vic Bash encourages crews to select a new theme each year.
Representing Ballarat, Car 4 chose the City of Ballarat to sponsor its crew
More than 100 cars participating in the 2011 Variety Vic Bash will travel
from Melbourne to Tasmania.
After years of talking about getting involved, 2011 will be the first year that
Car 4’s Ballarat-based crew will take part in the road trip.
Professionally designed, the ‘Ballarat car’ will be highly visible as it travels
throughout Tasmania visiting local schools and sporting clubs, attracting
significant media attention.
For more information on the Variety Vic Bash visit www.variety.org.au/vic/
Concert raises money for
flood and earthquake
Dozens of locally and nationally renowned performers gave their time to
take part in the Disaster Relief Concert at Her Majesty's Theatre to help
raise money for victims of the recent earthquakes and floods.
Held on Saturday 19 March 2011, the concert offered a variety of
performances, ranging from world music to musical theatre to opera.
The event was organised by Her Majesty’s Theatre and Sophie Livitsanis
from cabaret act Entertainers Anonymous to provide performers and Ballarat
residents with a way to proactively show support for earthquake and flood
An appreciative audience enjoyed performances by artists such as Entertainers
Anonymous and choir The Sweet Monas, as well as opera singers Jacqueline
Dark and Maxine Montgomery.
Cast members from recent musicals such as Spamalot and A New Brain
also performed on the night.
Every cent from ticket sales went to the Red Cross to help people in Victoria,
Queensland, Christchurch and Japan. The $3,643.95 collected by the concert
was formally presented to the Red Cross on Friday 8 April.
The successful community-based concert will now be an annual event. The
funds will either be donated to a different charity each year or used to fund
Her Majesty’s Theatre’s restoration projects.
To contribute further to disaster relief and recovery efforts visit
Left to right: Her Majesty’s Theatre Manager Graeme Russell, City of Ballarat Cr
Samantha McIntosh, Red Cross representative Anita Smith and Concert Producer
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