Movers and shakers hit the stage for unsung heroes

Published 4:00pm 22 June 2023

Movers and shakers hit the stage for unsung heroes
Words by Jodie Powell

Eight of Australia’s most successful CEOs, business and community leaders will use the power of their voices to raise money for a Cedar Creek charity that cares for a legion of unsung heroes – unpaid family carers.

Delivered by The Carers Foundation Australia in collaboration with Performance Studios the inaugural Unsung Heroes Gala will be an unforgettable night, according to Carer’s Foundation CEO Ronniew Benbow OAM.

Ronnie says while the CEOs warm up their vocal cords, more than 400 members of the community are expected to raise their champagne glasses as they cheer on the singing heroes at the event on October 7 at The Fortitude Music Hall.

Who’s on the bill

Movers and shakers hit the stage for unsung heroes

The 2023 Singing Heroes include The Coffee Club CEO John Lazarou, Universal Store CEO Alice Barbery, Triple M’s Margaux Parker, and Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM along with his mum and carer Chithrani Palipana.

Also taking the stage will be author Nat Nixon, Cryptoloc founder and executive chairman Jamie Wilson, journalist and co-founder of The Audacious Agency Annette Densham and marketing agency Walker Hill Digital director Lana Hill.

“Unsung Heroes was officially launched in 2022 by The Veronicas, our Young Carer Patrons, and since then our eight singing superstars have been busy rallying their networks and holding events to raise their collective goal of $200,000, which they are well on their way to achieving,” Ronnie says.

Fine-tuning

Movers and shakers hit the stage for unsung heroes

Lisa Lockland-Bell from Performance Studios has been giving the performers personal singing lessons to fine-tune their best voices for the “sing-off finale” at the Gala Night.

“We have been overwhelmed with the incredible support we’ve received from our singing heroes, who have been busy raising funds in the lead up to their big performance, including Nat Nixon who has already raised more than $100,000 for The Carers Foundation Australia.

“Although the singers are vying for the title of Best Performance of the night, from our very special panel of judges including Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner and business tycoon Tracey Mathers, they are already winners in my mind for breaking out of their comfort zone and using their voice for good.”

About the foundation

Movers and shakers hit the stage for unsung heroes

The Carers Foundation Australia is the only charity in the country that delivers life-changing wellbeing programs to support the emotional, physical and mental health of carers, with the aim of preventing mental and health crisis breakdowns.

“Unsung Heroes will be our annual major fundraising initiative to help us reach our key goal – to build Australia’s first ever wellbeing centre specifically for unpaid family carers across the country,” Ronnie says.

Tickets include live performances by the Singing Heroes as well as a three-course meal, four-hour beverage package and entertainment.

Corporate sponsors and businesses have donated prizes for raffles, as well as a major prize and guests will have the chance to bid on live auction items.

Tickets are $245 each or $2350 for a table of 10. Click here to book.

Find out more about the Unsung Heroes and make a donation here.

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