Australian Idol winner and Eurovision contestant Guy Sebastian is set to perform at the Rural Aid’s Black Tie and Boots Ball next month, after being approached by event supporter and Gold Logie winner Grant Denyer.
Mr Denyer said Sebastian was keen to get involved with the ball on Saturday, August 11, after seeing so much suffering in rural communities that he toured in.
“[Sebastian] was deeply touched and affected by a lot of the communities he saw when touring recently,” he said.
“He’s seen a lot of the heartache and has had a lot of people breakdown in front of him, explaining their own personal situation.
“When I picked up the phone and asked him, ‘Do you want to come along and help us raise some money?’, he was in like a shot.
“It’s going to be great to have Guy Sebastian on board.”
Sebastian will be supported by local act the Heydays, who is fronted by Kyle Manning.
“Having grown up in Bathurst, being married to the daughter of a cattle farmer and still living in a rural area, I know only too well the impact that drought and extreme weather can have on regional communities,” Mr Manning said.
“This event is our way of giving back to our farmers, in return for everything they do for us.”
The current drought situation is hitting people everywhere across NSW, causing significant mental health problems and hardship within households.
Grant and Chezzi Denyer have both been working closely with Rural Aid to raise much needed awareness and funding for the struggling rural community.
Funds raised on the night will be put towards funding a specialised counsellor on the ground to help tackle the mental health problems associated with the drought.
Tickets are $150 and single tickets or in tables of ten can be purchased.
The theme is black tie and boots, so attendees are encouraged to wear boots, on a night of fabulous entertainment, delicious food and drinks.
For further information on ticketing for the event, visit the website at www.blacktieandboots.com.au/events-2/events/.