Sunday 7th of May 2006

- Bernard Fanning announces support for Youngcare
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BERNARD FANNING ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR YOUNGCARE

Bernard Fanning is set to support Australian charity Youngcare with both a special live show and the release of 'Watch Over Me', the only single from his four times platinum album 'Tea & Sympathy'.

On April 9, Sixty Minutes aired an interview with Brisbane couple David and Shevaune Conry about Youngcare, a charity that David set up in a desperate effort to create an appropriate care facility for Shevaune who suffers from MS and at the age of just 33 requires full time care. The story included an interview with the couple’s old mate Bernard Fanning and made a very brief mention of a fundraising concert to take place some time in the near future. The following day, Youngcare and Bernard’s label were literally inundated with enquiries about the show.

Following this intense interest, Bernard is delighted to announce that he and his band will take to the stage of Brisbane’s City Hall on June 23, along with Kasey Chambers, for the Youngcare Benefit Concert, presented by Suncorp.

Tickets for this special show are $95.00 and will be available from Wednesday 17th May from the Youngcare website - www.youngcare.com.au

“David and Shevaune are old friends of mine so I am very familiar with their story and the terrible situation they have been faced with. To then find out that this is the story of at least 6000 other young people in this country, the youngest being a ten year old, well it astounded me. For a young person to be so sick that they need full time care is devastating to begin with let alone being forced to live in an aged facility and alienated from everything relevant to their age and lifestyle. The aim of this show and the single release is to raise money for Youngcare but also to raise awareness of the terrible situation that these young people face” said Bernard Fanning.

The single 'Watch Over Me' which is dedicated to Shevaune, will be serviced on Monday the 15th of May and will be available from retail outlets from June 24, the day after the show. This is the only single to be released from Bernard’s enormously successful solo album and Bernard Fanning, Universal Music Australia, Dew Process Recordings and BMG Music Publishing will each be donating their net profits or royalties from the sale of the single to Youngcare. The good folks at Ernst and Young will be providing their auditing services and keeping tracks on all the proceeds from the single.

Youngcare founder David Conry said “Both Bernard and Kasey have both been very generous to donate their time for the June show and we’re very grateful for their help. Bernard’s single release for Youngcare is an unexpected but huge bonus that means a great deal to the charity from an awareness raising perspective. We can’t thank him enough. We’re also grateful for the generous support we have received from Suncorp who have donated funds to help us stage the concert. Securing the assistance of Queensland’s largest company will go a long way in terms of raising the profile of this issue.”

Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers for the Youngcare Benefit Concert, presented by Suncorp
Tickets available Wednesday 17 May from www.youngcare.com.au
$95.00 general admission


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