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Rockin 4 the Homeless cancelled

Posted: 8am 01 Sep 2020

Rockin 4 the Homeless 2020 organisers have now cancelled all plans to stage the event in 2020, but there is a plan to ensure those doing it tough in our community are not forgotten.

After postponing their plans for a June 12 Kite Fest site concert due to COVID-19, the team re-scheduled the event for December 18 at Eatons Hill Hotel, headlined by The SuperJesus, and December 19 at Thirsty Chiefs North Lakes. These concerts have now been cancelled.

Event Director Dan Nebe says due to the uncertainty of restrictions and concerns about public safety, the fundraiser will be shelved for 2020 in its live format.

“We have so much at stake this year with two events over two days, so after consulting with our headline artists and sponsors, we just have to make a call. The welfare and safety of our volunteers, artists, public and event staff is paramount,” Dan says.

“This event needs at least six months’ forward planning and the logistics are incredibly technical. We have over 100 artists, 75 volunteers and 35 event crew to muster from all over the country. This entails booking flights, hotels, hire cars and production from various contractors. Rockin 4 the Homeless takes so much time to put together and manage,” he explains.

“People need to know what they are doing and being Christmas time, it’s all that much harder.”

Is there something else planned?

The Rockin 4 The Homeless crew will be coming up with an alternative for 2020 in coming weeks. Nebe hinted we can expect a live stream in some format as well as an album release of the local and headline artists that have played at the event during the past seven years.

“It is a credit to the slick and dedicated group of artists, sponsors and volunteers that have taken this event from a Bowls Club and turn it into an annual outdoor event that all of Redcliffe can be proud of. The sponsors are the ones that make it happen. We thank each one of them,” Dan says.

“As the event is about providing funds to keep the Breakfast Club operating, this will in no way slow us down nor sway our commitment towards our goal. We will find another way to get bums on seats, even if it is in their own loungerooms.”

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