Friday, September 18, 2009

RSPCA Armidale Benefit Concert

This Saturday night 19th of September the Armidale branch of the RSPCA will be holding its very first benefit concert to raise much needed funds for the care and rehoming of animals in this area.

The benefit concert is going to showcase the amazing talent of Stephen O'Hern, a young 16 yr old, year 10 student at Armidale High school. Stephen has been studying the guitar for 11 years and will be playing a selection of the best pieces written for steel string/nylon string guitar and banjo. Stephen was earlier this year approached and endorsed by the Lag guitar company which provided him with a new guitar.

After wowing the audience at an " open mic night " in Tamworth he was then invited to perform two gigs at the " Hats Off To Country " weekend. You will witness some real eye popping and jaw dropping performances from this extraordinary boy. Stephen will be supported by the AHS Senior Vocal ensemble, the Necom Youth guitar ensemble as well as Stephen Tafra, one of Australia's leading guitarists.

From now through to the New Year, the number of requests for surrendering dogs increases dramatically. As the breeding season for cats is about to begin, the intake of abandoned kittens increases as well, stretching the branch's resources to the limit. It is common for the branch's veterinary bills to come in at around $ 4000 per month.

Throughout the night there will be give-aways, prizes and audience participation. Steve Coleman the CEO of the NSW RSPCA will be attending the concert as well.

The cost is $15 Adult, $10 concession and $40 family ticket. The concert will begin at 7:30pm and take place at the Armidale Ex-services club. Tickets will be available at the door. You can check out Stephen O'Hern's playing at his website at

If you are looking for a fun night out for the whole family then why not come along, be entertained and support a wonderful local charity.

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