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National Convention Centre team with Missy Higgins for Charity

Last Friday (23 Nov) guests at the National Convention Centre (NCC) were treated to a dazzling performance by musician Missy Higgins and raised over AU$14,000 for local not-for-profit Yellow Van Food Rescue in the process.

Missy Higgins was supported by Gurrumul Yunupingu, an Indigenous Australian musician, who sings in the Yolngu language.

The VIP concert event with Missy Higgins raised much needed funds for Yellow Van Food Rescue.

The concert was held in the NCC’s Royal Theatre and is part of a new initiative, whereby the convention centre donates a portion of ticket proceeds to a nominated charity – with partners including the RSPCA ACT and Yellow Van Food Rescue.

The NCC’s community VIP experience offering launched on September 1, where British comedian Bill Bailey performed to a sell-out crowd at the Royal Theatre and raised over AU$3,000 for the RSPCA. The funds were used to help animals in need in the Canberra community.

“We’ve been supporting Yellow Van Food Rescue since 2008 as we believe it’s a fantastic organisation which each year provides thousands of people with nutritious and delicious food that would otherwise go to waste,” said Cindy Young, manager, National Convention Centre Canberra.

VIP guests were treated to a pre-concert cocktail event where they dined on oysters, grilled prawns and scallops, a selection of Australian cheese and petit fours. Special guests were also treated to premium seating for the concert.

VIP guests consisted of a mix of Yellow Van Food Rescue staff, volunteers, supporters and local students.

Soem of the guests included (l-r) Glenn Keys, Mel Keys, Peter Groves, Judy Mack and David Burnett.

“Our five- year partnership with the NCC is invaluable and they are one of our strongest partners in the community,” said David Burnet, director, Yellow Van Food Rescue.

“Last Friday’s event was fantastic and we’ve received 100% positive feedback from our attendees. The VIP guests were glowing in their praise of the way the event was run, the premium food quality and the great seating.”

The NCC will continue its support of Yellow Van Food Rescue VIP concert showcasing Grammy award-winning artist Carole King next February.