The Whitelight Concert on Saturday night will raise money for Parkinson's Australia.By John Lewis
For anyone experiencing federal election fatigue, there is an alternative way to spend Saturday evening — Whitelight 2013.
The concert fundraiser for Parkinson’s Australia will feature an impressive line-up of Goulburn Valley grown talent — some of whom are returning to Shepparton especially for Saturday’s performance at the Eastbank Centre.
The show’s artistic director, former Shepparton music teacher Michele McNamara, said this was the third Whitelight Concert she had staged for charity.
The first charity performance in 2004 was inspired by the death of Ms McNamara’s younger sister Collen, 36, from breast cancer.
Proceeds went to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
A second concert in 2010 raised funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
This year’s concert was inspired by Ms McNamara’s aunty Ann Shaw, who is battling Parkinson’s disease.
She said songs would be drawn from musical theatre, contemporary ballads, light opera, jazz and well-known standards.
For musical partners Michelle and Ryan Black, this Saturday will be the third time they have contributed to a Whitelight Concert.
‘‘We love that it is a giving thing — it’s not about the spotlight,’’ Mr Black said.
‘‘Michelle is a great friend, and we supported her through the death of her sister. Then she saw what could be achieved by getting artists together to raise money,’’ he said.
The husband and wife duo are music teachers at Notre Dame Secondary College.
On Saturday night, they will perform Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap and Everybody Hurts by REM.
Other performers include renowned Shepparton singers Helen Janke, Nicky Pummeroy and Andrew Nicholls, choir 36 Degrees South, guitarist and singer Matt Hooper, classically trained Shepparton singer Jennifer Molloy — and former Notre Dame College student Shane Price, who returns with a new image and band Blissando.
Shepparton Football Club and Notre Dame College have merged to form Notre Bears Junior Football Club to play in Shepparton District Junior Football League.
The iconic Murray Marathon will start from Yarrawonga on Boxing Day for the last time in 2013.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca will host the VFL’s round 11 clash between Bendigo Gold and Northern Blues next year.
Rochester resident Ken Hocking has chosen to use his Christmas lights display to draw attention to a support group for brain tumour patients.
A Kyabram P-12 College student is volunteering in Sri Lanka.
Seymour Little Athletics will celebrate its final meet for 2013 on Friday.
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Grand Central Hotel punters are drumming up support for the annual Christmas raffle, raising money for the Royal Children's Hospital.
Tim Hillier became the first Deniliquin Rhino to notch up a century in the Murray Valley Cricket Association with a sterling 104 against Cobram on Saturday.
The costs of growing grain in the southern cropping region don’t look like falling any time soon, meaning farmers and business managers need to be mindful of keeping farm expenses in check.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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