The late Fred Hollows had a plan – he believed that four out of five people in the world who go blind don’t need to. For just $25 The Fred Hollows Foundation can save a person somewhere in the world from going blind – in many cases those who go blind are also very poor and the double whammy of poverty and blindness must make life almost unbearable. Fred’s vision was to eliminate unnecessary blindness by 2020.
On 14 January some not so ordinary Australians are giving their time and talent to perform at 2020 Vision: Something to ‘swing’ about. Thirteen Gold Coasters plus a couple of mates from Sydney will be performing at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, in the Paradise Showroom, to raise money to help the Foundation. Every cent of the profits will go towards saving someone’s sight.
The performers, Adam Scicluna (winner of multiple MO and ACE awards for his cabaret performances over the last ten years), Gold Coast vocalists Greg Aspeling and Cherryn Lomas, and Sydney compere/entertainer, Cheryl O’Brien, will be joining forces with Les Wilson’s Swing Force Big Band to present a great evening of swing music. They will be paying tribute to the greats: Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.
Rick Best of the Swing Force Big Band says that all the performers are donating their time.
“Everyone’s been great”, he says. “Even our the designer for our materials gave us a discount, and the venue is working with us to help support the cause.”
A few of the band members have this cause close to their hearts. “Some of us have had cataract surgery”, said Rick. “It makes you realise when you see the [Fred Hollows Foundation] ads on TV, that there are people who don’t have access to this free healthcare that we have here. We wanted to help in any way we could.”
Obviously the more people who turn up on the night, the more money gets raised for the charity. “I wouldn’t even like to speculate about how much we might make for them,” says Rick. “We’ve had four hundred in that room before, of course that would be the greatest possible outcome.”
With plenty of folks on the Gold Coast up for a great night of music and at only $25 a ticket for some top shelf acts, 400 should be an easy number to “swing”, if you will. The best part about it?
“Hundreds of people could have their sight saved, from just this one night.”
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Something to Swing About takes place 14 January with doors at 6.30pm. More at theartscentregc.com.au.