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Skycity Starlight Symphony 500 Volunteers Sought

Army Of 500 Volunteers Sought For Skycity Starlight Symphony February 2006

Variety - The Children's Charity is delighted to announce it is the official recipient charity for next year's SKYCITY Starlight Symphony returning to Auckland Domain on Saturday 25 February 2006 (rain date Sunday 26 February).

The Charity is calling for an army of some five hundred volunteers to collect donations and sell light sticks at the popular star-studded event, now in its eighth year. Funds raised at the event will go towards Variety's "Kids on the Move" mobility programme.

CEO for Variety, Lorraine Taylor says that the organisation hopes to match or exceed money raised from previous concerts for its nationwide mobility programme which provides life enriching assistance to children with physical restrictions

"Each year Variety provides hundreds of children throughout New Zealand with much needed equipment including wheelchairs, specialised trikes, mobilised scooters and special chairs.

"It is part of our philosophy that all children should have the same opportunities within communities irrespective of their disabilities and the specialised equipment we distribute through this programme really makes such a positive difference to the lives of many special young New Zealanders.

"We are delighted to be the recipient charity at next year's SKYCITY Starlight Symphony and urge people to help Variety by either donating generously on the night or being a volunteer collector," says Lorraine.

SKYCITY's General Manager - Communications, Megan McSweeney, says the company is thrilled to be involved with this event for the eighth year.

"It is great to play a part in bringing this magical event to Auckland, which attracts an audience of close to 200,000 people, making it one of the country's largest free community performance events. It is also very satisfying to continue our support for New Zealand children, with the last event raising funds for Kidz First Children's Hospital.

This year we are delighted to continue our association with Variety, whose programmes we have supported over the past year, through SKYCITY's sponsorship of the 2005 SKYCITY Variety Academy Awards Long Luncheon," says Megan.

The 2006 SKYCITY Starlight Symphony programme promises to be as thrilling as ever with highlights including an exciting line up of Opera soloists, headlined by special guest, Jonathan Lemalu, who returns to New Zealand especially for SKYCITY Starlight Symphony. SKYCITY continue to support gifted young players, as one or two handpicked instrumentalists will feature in the programme. Well-known Kiwi band, Goldenhorse will open the second half, plus the annual crowd pleasers will return including the Mercury Energy laser light show, Pomp and Circumstance, Tchaikowsky's 1812 Overture, The National Anthem and Now is the Hour.

To help make a difference as a Volunteer collector at SKYCITY Starlight Symphony please contact Justine or Georgina at P10 Special Events on 309-2007 or email Justine@p10.co.nz

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