Muster to benefit Starlight
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.
The Optus Gympie Music Muster runs from August 23 to 28 in the Amamoor Creek State Forest.