Russell Morris to perform for kids

AUSTRALIAN rock superstar from the sixties Russell Morris and a range of other top musicians are making their way to Tyalgum for a special rock festival aimed at raising funds for children with special needs the day before Australia Day.

The rockin4thekidz concert is to be held in the Tyalgum showgrounds on January 25 with an admission priced of $40 per ticket.

It aims to raise funds to change the lives of children with special needs such as those with autism.

The ‘face’ of the concert’s marketing program is seven-year-old Tyalgum Public School student Delaney Cooper who has been diagnosed with autism and is one of the students with special needs who attend Tyalgum Public School.

Concert spokesperson Raeanne Ederle said one in every 160 Australians had a form of autism, a neurological disorder where early intervention was vital for growth.

“Children with autism and other special needs thrive in the classroom with ongoing one-on-one support,” Ms Ederle said.

“Due to lack of funding, we are not able to provide our special needs children with the quality education they deserve.”

Ms Ederle said the concert would help “change the lives of our children with special needs”.

Ms Ederle said rockin4thekidz would be supported by a number of well-known artists who had offered to donate their time and talent.

They include Russell Morris, Tim Gaze, a highly credentialed musician who has just finished touring with Jimmy Barnes, Vince Lovegrove (from Mongrels of Passion), Gyan, Simon and the Brownbirds from Windy Hill.

Tyalgum Public School principal Peter Meadows said the school was grateful for the support.

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