Pop duo to perform at fundraiser for Samford charity

Published 2:00pm 22 October 2022

Pop duo to perform at fundraiser for Samford charity
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Brisbane pop duo The Veronicas will be the guest performers at a charity fundraiser this Friday night which will benefit one Moreton Bay charity.

The inaugural Unsung Heroes gala launch will be held at Rydges South Bank on Friday, October 28, to help raise money for The Carer’s Foundation - an organisation that provides unique wellness programs to support the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of unpaid carers across the country.

Founding director Ronnie Benbow said Unsung Heroes is the organisation’s new signature fundraising campaign, which will see local business leaders and celebrities take to the stage to reveal their musical talents and raise funds for unpaid carers – the real unsung heroes in our communities.

“We will have 10 influential people in the community commit to raising money over the next 12 months to help the organisation,” Ronnie said.

“These will be people we know who can help us raise the money we need - with each unsung heroe being asked to raise $20,000 in that time frame.”

During the launch, some of the unsung heroes that have already signed up will share a preview of their upcoming performances.

All routines will be performed at the next official event in October 2023.

Ronnie said Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, also known as The Veronicas, were asked to attend and perform on the night as they are young carer patrons who cared for their mother when she was alive.

Where the money will go

Money raised from Friday’s gala event will help build a purpose-built centre to accommodate, educate and rejuvenate carers before they face a health crisis break down.

This will be available 24/7 and the only centre specifically for carers in Australia.

According to Ronnie, there are 3 million carers in Australia, with over 540,000 in Queensland alone, providing care to family members.

Two out of three carers have mental health issues due to the extreme stress and anxiety they face daily.

“All of this money will go towards helping carers in the local community, who I call the real unsung heroes,” Ronnie said.

“These real unsung heroes sacrifice their own lives to care for their loved one with a medical or mental-health condition, ageing-issues, disability, accident, substance addiction or terminal cancer.”

How you can help

“The Carer’s Foundation is not government funded, so we rely on donations, grants and fundraisers to support our programs,” Ronnie said.

A strict number of seats are available for Friday night’s event, but in case you can’t make it and still wish to help, you can donate online.

Log onto The Carer’s Foundation website and click on the Support Us tab to donate.

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