Festival profits go to rural kids
THE Optus Gympie Music Muster has announced The Starlight Children's Foundation will be the main beneficiary of this year's festival.
Muster CEO Vickii Cotter announced the chosen charity for 2011 and said the festival's increased focus on family friendly children activities and Starlight's regional program had made the partnership a natural fit.
“While music is the main focus of the festival, it is a passion for fundraising and giving that has kept the event unique and inspiring,” Ms Cotter said.
As Australia's longest running not-for-profit music festival, the Gympie Music Muster has already raised over $14 million for charities and community groups across Australia and has grown to become an internationally renowned event.
This year, the Starlight Children's Foundation will be provided with a major boost from profits from the festival.
Starlight's Queensland manager Amanda Sams said the foundation only existed on the support of the Queensland community and partners such as the Gympie Music Muster.
She said the success of the Livewire program – a crucial online forum reaching and connecting seriously ill rural and isolated children – relied on this funding.
Optus Country general manager Anthony Shiner said the partnership was an example of two great contributors to local communities and Optus was proud to support both organisations.
“Our people and Optus Stores have been proud supporters of Starlight for 16 years, raising approximately $2 million in this time and we look forward to extending our support through our association with the Optus Gympie Music Muster,” he said.
In addition to this and local community groups who receive funding for their labour contributions, the Muster's Rural Aid appeal will once again receive the profits from the dedicated merchandise range including the compilation album created each year.
The Optus Gympie Music Muster runs from August 23 to 28 in the Amamoor Creek State Forest.