Variety show to showcase great talent for a great cause

3 June 2011

The inaugural ‘Palmy Variety Show’ for the Missing Wingman Trust, Royal New Zealand Air Force will be held at the Regent on Broadway, on Friday June 10 June at 7.30pm.

The aim of the concert is not only to showcase the breadth of talent in the Manawatu, but also to raise money for the Missing Wingman Trust, RNZAF, established to look after the families of Air Force personnel who are killed or seriously injured while in service to New Zealand. It aims to provide education grants, welfare support and provide for lost opportunities for the families left behind and is chaired by Air Marshal (Retired) Sir Bruce Ferguson, former Chief of the Defence Force.

The event features a stellar line-up including Jason Kerrison from New Zealand band Opshop and the best entertainment from the Manawatu -  2011 Billy T Award Winner Nick Gibb, Air Force bands, Dean McKerras School of Dance, local bands Eugene and The Vespas and local cultural groups. There will be a special guest appearance from Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor, with the evening hosted by John Hawkesby and Judy Bailey - reunited after ten years!

Co-host for the evening, Judy Bailey says the concert will be a great night out.

“The Air Force has been like a second family for me so I was delighted to be asked to support the Missing Wingman Trust. Ohakea plays a huge part in the Palmerston North community so we hope that people will come out and support the Trust’s first big fundraiser. It promises to be a great night out!”

Jason Kerrison, lead singer in of Kiwi band Opshop says he is looking forward to participating in the show.

“I am honoured and humbled to participate in the Missing Wingman Trust fundraiser this year. It's an opportunity for me to support the kaupapa of the event and the families of RNZAF servicemen who have passed while serving.”

Flight Lieutenant Tim Costley a trustee and show director says, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the local community to get out and show their support for both the RNZAF, and the families of the eight Air Force men we’ve lost over the last two years. It’s not about the money – it’s about remembering.”

What: The inaugural Palmy Variety Show

Where: The Regent on Broadway

When: Friday 10 June, 7.30pm

Tickets from Ticketdirect: 0800 4 Ticket


For more information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Senior Communications Adviser, Air Force, Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338 or FLTLT Tim Costley, Show Director on 021 384 145


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