By Roseanna Gallo, Music Director, Rotary Carols on the Common 2012
The Rotary Carols on the Common got off to a shaky start, with unexpected rain at 4pm. We thought “that was it!” after mopping the residue water off the stage, but then it dried up, so we commenced with the show at 5.30pm. By 6pm the rain decided to make its presence known again during the performances, and we were mopping up water during the performers singing! (in fact there is a photo in The Weekly Times showing this!) The show had to stop until the audio and stage people declared it safe for us to continue, which put us behind by 30 minutes. Luckily one of the dance groups agreed to cut down their act to make up some time.
Our main act was 2011 X Factor runner up Andrew Wishart and everyone thoroughly enjoyed his show. Our crowds remained strong considering the earlier downpour, but Andrew sang under dry skies. After Andrew’s show we held a bucket collection for ROMAC, where sponsors, Rotarians and Federal and Local MPs collected funds for ROMAC. We were very fortunate that we got some great support in sponsorship this year, and thank those sponsors for this. The new sponsors were so impressed by the Carols, that they want to be part of it again next year.
At around 8.20pm the formal carols started led by Roseanna Gallo and Choralists and accompanied by the Leichhardt Celebrity Brass Band and Mayor Ivan Petch on keyboard. The night was MC’d by Stephen Sim and after the Carols the fireworks spectacular took place, which were sponsored by North Ryde RSL.
A special RASAID tent also was organised for the intellectually disabled, who had a prime view of the concert. The tent was also near their special needs amenities, and also disabled parking for the convenience of their carers.
We would like to thank the Macquarie Park Rotary Club and North Ryde Rotary Club for organising a first class event at the North Ryde Carols. Also to the Robotics Team who helped so much in the volunteering on the night. Special thanks to the SES, Police and St John’s Ambulance for also offering their services and to Paragon security Services for also offering their time for our night.
Money raised will be going to the rotary project ROMAC, and other Rotary community projects.