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Rod Gregory, aka “The Old Fella”

COMEDIAN Rod Gregory, aka “The Old Fella” will be appearing at a special fundraising event in Ballarat on Good Friday.

After rising to fame in 2011 on TV’s Australia’s Got Talent, where he finished in 4th place, Australia’s funniest farmer has performed hundreds of shows right across the country. Soon to be 73, Gregory would like to be slowing down, but his good old fashioned story telling entwined with his slightly risqué humour is still in demand.

The Old Fella is headlining the Ballarat Good Friday Appeal Variety Concert, to be held at Brown Hill Hall on March 25, raising funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

The event is in its first year, and event organiser Ammie Moneghetti saw The Old Fella as the perfect drawcard for the opening show.

“Rod has only performed in Ballarat on two previous occasions, and these shows have been drawn great crowds.” Ammie said. “His brand of comedy reaches to all ages, as we saw on Australia’s Got Talent, and we have arranged a nice blend of support acts to compliment Rod’s performance”. The Variety Concert is offering five hours of entertainment, and five support acts have donated their services for the cause.

“We have country singer Cameron Mason coming from Bendigo, and The Cartwheels Band will perform their originals and takes on country covers” Ammie said.

Local acts from Ballarat include the Australian Irish Dance Company, Leigh Moneghetti, and the All Ordinaries Band.

“Leigh will be stepping away from his usual country style and presenting some great songs from the 70s and 80s. The All Ordinaries do a great deal of charity work, and will play popular cover songs” Ammie said.

Almost 90 businesses from Ballarat and surrounding areas have got behind the effort and provided sponsorship in the form of donations of cash, provision of services, or auction and raffle prizes. “The support from the local community has been immense, and we are offering prizes and raffles totalling around $6000. There will certainly be a great opportunity to pick up a bargain in an auction or will a terrific raffle prize while supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital”. Ammie reported.

Food, drink and snacks will be on offer all day, with Ballarat Eureka Apex running a BBQ, with all sales going towards the appeal total.

“We see the event as a chance for the Ballarat Community to contribute to the Good Friday Appeal just by attending, and hopefully a way to boost Ballarat’s tally for the appeal” Ammie said. The Ballarat Good Friday Appeal Variety Concert is at Brown Hill Hall, Humffray St Brown Hill from 11AM until 4PM on Good Friday, March 25. Tickets are available and can be booked by calling 5334 6707.