The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-19T22:52:13Z ESL ONE TO DEBUT DOTA 2 MAJOR IN LOS ANGELES IN 2020 2019-11-19T22:52:13Z esl-one-to-debut-dota-2-major-in-los-angeles-in-2020 LOS ANGELES -- November 19, 2019 -- ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced it will bring ESL One powered by Intel® to Los Angeles on March 20 through 22, 2020, at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Downtown Los Angeles. This marks the first time that ESL will host a Dota 2 tournament on the West Coast. ESL One Los Angeles will also be the first Dota 2 Major in the United States since 2016. Teams compete over their share of US $1,000,000. “Los Angeles is known for world class entertainment and that is exactly what we aim to deliver with the L.A. Major,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “We are finally bringing our ESL Dota 2 flagship competition to the US West Coast for the first time and we are proud to deliver world-class Dota 2 action to the local community. With ESL One Los Angeles, we will put a stake in the ground to engage the US-based Dota 2 community and introduce one of our most iconic tournaments to a new location: the Shrine Auditorium conveying an absolute unique feel.”   ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will feature 16 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams competing for their share of the US$1,000,000 prize pool and the ESL One trophy. To qualify for the group stages at ESL One Los Angeles, teams will battle their way through three phases of online qualifiers, which are set to take place February 9-14. From March 14 through 19, teams will then battle for their chance to compete on the main stage at the Shrine Auditorium in front of thousands of eager Dota 2 fans on March 20 - 22.   The ESL One Los Angeles holds 15,000 DPC points for the teams, leading their way to The International. The play-offs concluding on March 22 follow the TI’s schedule format. Being the third out of five Majors within the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, ESL One L.A. stirs up the tension for The International significantly.   In addition to the competition, fans will have the opportunity to experience a variety of great side activities, including signing sessions with the teams and talents, a Dota artist area, and more. Tickets for ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will go on sale on Nov 21st 11am PST ranging in price between US $54 and US $225. To stay up to date on the latest ESL One Los Angeles news, follow ESL One Dota 2 on Twitter and Facebook and visit the official website.   ###   About ESL ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size events, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. about.eslgaming.com. John Jarratt Announced as MC for Explosive Rodeo 4 Life Charity Event 2019-11-19T00:25:03Z john-jarratt-announced-as-mc-for-explosive-rodeo-4-life-charity-event John Jarratt Announced as MC for Explosive Rodeo 4 Life Charity Event Today, Rodeo 4 Life producers announced that John Jarratt, Australian screen legend will officiate as Master of Ceremonies in the explosive rodeo and country music charity event at WIN Entertainment Centre in his home town of Wollongong on Saturday 30 November, to help fund world-first research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Best known for his portrayal of Mick Taylor in the iconic Wolf Creek films and television series on Stan, Jarratt has long been committed to lending his name and his support to many worthwhile causes. “I believe we each have a duty to support important causes that make a real difference. Helping give people a second chance at life through promoting organ donation and funding transplantation research is up there for me as one of the most important things we can all do to help save lives,” said Jarratt. “I grew up in Wongawilli in the Illawarra so I’m really excited about heading back to my home town to be part of such an important cause when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong!” he said. Rodeo 4 Life’s producer Doug Vickers OAM said, “We’re very grateful to John and all those getting behind Rodeo 4 Life so together we’ll be contributing to saving the lives of many with 100% of profits supporting the vital work of the RPA Transplant Institute to help increase the number of life-saving liver and kidney transplants each year. “The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life explodes with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment,” Mr Vickers said. Rodeo 4 Life’s star-studded line-up includes John Jarratt as MC and seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing a full length concert with some of Australia’s toughest bull riding superstars fighting the odds to stay mounted on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money! Rodeo 4 Life will also star Australia’s legendary rodeo clown, Big Al Wilson, rodeo protection clowns Gene McDonald and Rodney-Ray (Rude) Mancell - both risk takers who’ll put their lives on the line to distract the bulls away from the grounded riders, rodeo announcer Glen Morgan whose name is synonymous with Australian rodeo sports; and, the spectacular mighty rodeo bulls bred by John “Happy” Gill and Sons Rodeo Contractors who’ll be doing their darnedest to send Rodeo 4 Life’s bull riding superstars flying! For tickets to the Rodeo 4 Life arena spectacular visit Ticketmaster or rodeo4life.com.au -ENDS- INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744   Access images from the Media Centre:  http://rodeo4life.com.au/media    Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with policies, rules and industry standards of Rodeo Services Australia (RSA), and the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events. Whilst the event is raising funds to go toward Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Transplant Service; the hospital or Sydney Local Health District is not involved in the conduct or organisation of this event. LOCAL FOLKLORE BROUGHT TO LIFE IN NEW AUSSIE FEATURE FILM 2019-11-18T02:37:36Z local-folklore-brought-to-life-in-new-aussie-feature-film November 2019: Producers Ben McNeill and Katrina Lubans of Brisbane-based production company Intrinsic Story have announced the development of a new feature film based around Australia’s revered ‘Drop Bears’, creatures of folklore with mysterious origins that have haunted tourists and amused locals for generations. A teaser trailer released online with the #ThreatIsReal hashtag has racked up heavy engagement in recent days, with over 250,000 views across Facebook and Intrinsic’s other social channels. The decision to produce the teaser was made as part of the company’s development approach of building and engaging an audience hard and early, shaping further strategy with deep analysis of the audience data obtained. “Theatrical release for Australian films is a challenging endeavour at the best of times but we have a character that is well loved by Aussies and a compelling story to tell. We have an opportunity to tease that and intrigue an audience from early development, channelling that interest into a production journey that, like our star, can be widely shared”, says Lubans. Titled Drop, the film’s director is yet to be announced, with McNeill penning the 100-minute script as dramatic horror in genre and solemn in tone. Set on a remote sheep farm, the film tells of a family struggling to keep their property and livelihood intact in the face of horrific drought and encroaching bushfires, as the terrifying creature is forced into a world that has elected to forget it. With themes of truth, natural disaster, invasion and differing perspectives of identity, Drop will offer an ambitious and patriotic story for all Australians. McNeill explains “As a nation of nations, we have legends built on legends and we have characters like the drop bear. Everyone knows it, but there is no one story about where it came from or why it exists, and we have a very intriguing idea behind that which goes beyond the idea of the creature as a joke. The film will offer a moving story that challenges us to look within, look to our history, and ask ourselves if this creature is symbolic perhaps of something deeper, something we continue to tussle with as a country. As such, it might not be a story we expect as a nation - but we believe it’s the story we need.” McNeill, 35, was a producer and driving force behind the poignant organ transplant feature Dying to Live, released to cinemas in 2018 by Madman and Demand.Film, and later televised by SBS. The film stirred Australians to think about their future, and its distribution utilised a powerful social impact campaign funded through Documentary Australian Foundation and Good Pitch Australia. The Drop producing duo have launched a $50,000 Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to support a ‘Proof of Concept’ short for funders and the wider market, complementing further development funding through screen agencies and private investors. The feature, to be shot in Queensland and New South Wales with an expected budget of $4m, is slated to descend upon cinemas in late 2021 following an expected festival campaign. Media enquiries/interview requests: Ben McNeill (Producer), ben@intrinsicstory.com.au, (07) 3102 4592. Film Website and Teaser Trailer: www.Drop.Movie Development Press Kit: www.Drop.Movie/Media Indiegogo Campaign Site: https://igg.me/at/dropmoviepoc/x/22375536#/ Production Company Website: www.IntrinsicStory.com.au AUSTRALIA’S BEST INDIGENOUS ARTISTS HEAD TO HOTA THIS DECEMBER 2019-11-12T00:21:51Z australias-best-indigenous-artists-head-to-hota-this-december Presented in collaboration with ABC Music and inspired by their Deadly Hearts album, this concert is from the hearts and mouths of a cross-generation of Indigenous Australians. The show features big names such as four-time ARIA accredited platinum seller and one of Australia’s hottest singer-songwriters, Jessica Mauboy, who is the co-headliner alongside Archie Roach, one of the most respected Indigenous Musical Artists of our generation. Audiences will also embrace the heartfelt writing and soulful musicality from Aodhan, who was honoured to win triple j’s Unearthed High Indigenous Initiaive; Gold Coast and Brisbane-based psychedelic art rock band, Selve, will also take to the stage creating narrative driven music from Indigenous lead singer songwriter, Loki Liddle, and lead musical composer, Harry Edwards. Making waves in the Australian bass music scene is HWVKS, who will bring it down with his unique sounds ranging from melodic future bass to heavy hitting trap beats. Brisbane-based funny woman and comedian, Steph Tisdell, has also just been announced as MC of Deadly Hearts, with another big name in music being added to the bill in the coming weeks. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said the concert will be one of the many highlights people can expect from HOTA’s music programming. “Deadly Hearts will be a celebration of heartfelt music, culture and stories from some of Australia’s best First Nations artists performing here on our stage,” she said, “It’s a huge coup for the Gold Coast to host such a meaningful concert, that welcomes such an incredible calibre of talent to our city.” The Deadly Hearts concert will take place at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage on Saturday 14 December from 3.30pm. Part of HOTA’s huge summer series themed HOME, this concert will feature as part of the 20 exciting events and activities over 15 days from December 1 to 15. For more information visit the HOTA website: https://hota.com.au/music/deadly-hearts-a-celebration-of-australian-indigenous-music/ ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 E: amy@m10.com.au HOT BROWN HONEY TURNS UP THE HEAT DURING HOTA’S HOME SERIES 2019-11-07T01:25:57Z hot-brown-honey-turns-up-the-heat-during-hotas-home-series On Friday December 6, Hot Brown Honey will take to HOTA’s iconic Outdoor Stage to perform their smash-hit, genre defying, firecracker of a show that has taken the world by storm. Packing a punch of hip-hop politics, the Honeys are inviting audiences to laugh, cry and shake what your mama gave you. As well as hip-hop, the groundbreaking experience blends elements of cabaret, theatre, burlesque and comedy, mixing things up as stereotypes around women of colour are challenged, all with lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment. The Hot Brown Honey cast brings members from Maori, Aborginial and the Torres Strait Islands, Samoan, Tongan, Indonesian and South African heritage together in celebration of their similarities and differences, as they explore race and cultural identity in Australia. This stellar posse of phenomenal women is made up of co-director and choreographer, Lisa Fa’alafi; DJ and producer, Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers; beatboxer, Materharere Hope “Hope One” Haami; circus artist, Crystal Stacey; and performers Elena Wangurra and Kalala Sione. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said Hot Brown Honey will be a highlight of HOTA’s brand new HOME series. “Fierce, unapologetic and deliciously disobedient, Hot Brown Honey are going to take over our Outdoor Stage in an explosion of colour, culture and controversy,” said Criena. “Part theatrical masterpiece, part radical consciousness raising social activism, this show is all about empowerment and challenging stereotypes. It’s a sexy mash up and a hell of a lot of fun!” Having lit centerstage at the most prestigious venues and festivals across the globe, including the Sydney Opera House, Victorian Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Auckland Pride Festival and Hull Freedom Festival, Hot Brown Honey will now make some noise at HOTA with lighting, music and costumes set to deliver an extraordinary performance. Building on Hot Brown Honey’s existing set design, which features a 3.5 metre beehive hairdo that pulses with light, the show will include additional set pieces complemented by incredible lighting design and musical elements which have been specially curated for the HOTA show. The group’s fierce and theatrical masterpiece has won them the 2016 UK’s Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form, Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer and Green Room Awards for Best Production and Best Design. Hot Brown Honey will hype the audience just in time for Australia’s premier DJ and Hip Hop Junkie, YO! Mafia, who is fresh off the back of the RNB Fridays Live Tour. Having worked with a number of A-List artists, audiences can be sure that YO! Mafia will bring the party HOME with her power punch, genre-smashing, video DJ sets that will keep the party going all night long. Hot Brown Honey will perform at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage on Friday 6th December at 7.30pm. For more information, visit: https://hota.com.au/music/hot-brown-honey/ “It’s phenomenal – sexy, foot-stomping fun and radical consciousness-raising all at the same time.” ★★★★★ The Scotsman “Whoever you are and wherever you come from, this will change your life. I have never been surer of anything else ever before.” The Huffington Post “Gleefully challenges stereotypes of sex and race with a full grin, bared chest and raised middle finger.” ★★★★★ Edinburgh 49 “…brilliant mashup of music, dance and burlesque, all the while challenging your perceptions of gender, colour and privilege.” ★★★★★ Rip It Up “Phenomenal, powerful, and an absolute joy.” The Perth Project “…a loud, proud evening of consciousness raising; a series of lessons on race and gender that says you can have your revolution and dance to it, too.” Vancouver Sun - ENDS – ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 An exciting guideline for creating function room effectively for the party 2019-11-02T07:06:11Z an-exciting-guideline-for-creating-function-room-effectively-for-the-party Full-on entertainment! Would you like this entertainment to be an ongoing process of learning and growth that being fun at the same time? 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Most of the people choose the right Melbourne function room will depend on the size and style of the event. Hollywood stars support ‘next epic’ Aussie sci-fi franchise 2019-10-30T00:35:18Z hollywood-stars-support-next-epic-aussie-sci-fi-franchise HOLLYWOOD stars including Priscilla Presley, US actor Cliff Simon (aka Stargate’s Lord Ba’al) and Bruce Logan from team Star Wars, have thrown their support behind the work of Hunter Valley author A.J. Cootes, who will officially launch the first book in the Almythea franchise in Australia this November. Almythea has been 20 years in the making and excitement is building worldwide for what is being touted as the next epic franchise in the sci-fi fantasy adventure genre. The main launch will be at Supanova in Brisbane from November 8-10, following other book launches in the Hunter Valley on November 3 and on the Gold Coast on November 7. A percentage of proceeds will go to Beyond Blue to help fight anxiety, depression and suicide. Priscilla Presley will play Petelia (Queen of the ‘fleafs’ – pixie-like creatures that act as her messengers and spies, when they’re not messing up) in the upcoming films and Cliff Simon will play Grey Paw (a rebellious, smouldering, immortal Obi Wan Kenobi type). He has also written the foreword for the book. A.J. Cootes began writing after his best friend, Greg Wilson, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Greg’s ensuing battle with depression inspired the pair to co-author the artist’s biography, My Brush with Depression, in the hope it would help others facing similar problems. Growing up, A.J. loved movies and stories that encouraged his imagination and altruism. His favourites are the Star Wars films, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and other books by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway. The story of Almythea begins with: “In a world ruled by evil, it will take an outcast to save the people.” For centuries, Almythea has been ruled by the tyrannical alien overlord The Lost One and his duplicitous, seductively-sinister lieutenant, Raven Weaver. The once peaceful planet, now enslaved, wastes away as it is mined and stripped of rare refractive crystals. When Little Hawk, a young warrior, confesses to a crime he didn't commit to protect Broken Arrows, the woman he secretly loves, he is exiled to the Badlands. Formidable creatures force him to battle not only for his life but also against his inner demons. On the brink of death, Little Hawk encounters the mysterious and rebellious shaman, Grey Paw – changing the course of Almythea's future…” A.J. Cootes writes from his secluded farm in the Hunter Valley and is a director of the Greg Wilson Studio. He resides with his wife, Joyce, and inseparable friend and business partner Josie Wilson (collectively known as the Hippies on the Hill). He is happiest when he is writing, playing with his dog, Hemingway, and tending to his hens, led by Princess Layer, in the Cluckleberry Inn coop. There will be six instalments in the Almythea franchise The Chronicles of Almythea – Rise of Wingtar; The battle for our souls; The New Kingdom; Three will fall and one will rise; Battle of the Ancients (prequel part one) and the 1,000 year war begins (prequel part two). Numbers will be limited at the book launches on the Gold Coast and in the Hunter Valley, which will be hosted by nearby resident Channel 7's Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs and ‘Media Queen’ Aldwyn Altuney, from the Gold Coast. For event details, book sales and more information, visit www.almythea.com ENDS Media contact only: For advance copies of the book, interviews with A.J. Cootes or celebrities involved, contact project manager Lynn Santer on 0410 513 009 or marketing manager Aldwyn Altuney on 0409 895 055. Rodeo 4 Life Announces Elite Bull Riding Superstars in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular! 2019-10-23T02:47:36Z rodeo-4-life-announces-elite-bull-riding-superstars-in-australia-s-richest-bull-ride-rodeo-spectacular MEDIA RELEASE: 23 October 2019  “Rodeo 4 Life” Announces Elite Bull Riding Superstars in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular! Today, Rodeo 4 Life announced its line-up of elite bull riding champions* who’ll thrill audiences when Australia’s richest bull ride and country music arena spectacular explodes at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong on Saturday 30 November to help save lives! In an Australian first, Rodeo 4 Life combines electrifying rodeo sports entertainment starring Australia’s toughest bull riding champions from across Australia with a full length live concert by seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, performing some of his greatest hits. Rodeo 4 Life will be a thrilling night of entertainment featuring a star-studded line-up of bull riding daredevil cowboys who’ll fight the odds to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money! Rodeo 4 Life’s cowboy line-up includes bull riding superstars Cliff Richardson (NSW), Troy Wilkinson (NSW), Wade McCarthy (WA), Mathew Bee (QLD), Troy Cross (NSW) and Toby Collins (VIC) who’ll be going for gold to take home the Rodeo 4 Life inaugural title and the grand prize! But these bull riding legends won’t have an easy ride! They’ll be challenged by young gun cowboys already with a string of titles under their belts including; Wyatt Milgate (QLD), Sam Woodall (VIC), Joe Down (VIC), Bryden Atkins (VIC) and Ty Thomson (QLD) - all aiming to smash records to win the Rodeo 4 Life title and the pot of gold! Producer Doug Vickers OAM, a long-time rodeo man who’s produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia said, “We’re thrilled to have such a fine line up of champions in this spectacular event that will keep the audience on the ‘edge of their seats’ when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong in a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment.” While Rodeo 4 Life will be exhilarating, Australia’s bull riding champions won’t just be bucking for the grand prize when they burst from chutes on powerful  bulls in the ride of their lives; they’ll risk all by ‘riding for a greater cause’ – to raise bucks that can save lives through funding organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute (RPATI). Champion cowboy Troy Wilkinson who currently holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier, said, “Rodeo 4 Life will be massive and the competition as tough as it gets!” “We’ll all be riding our hearts out for this important cause and hoping to bring home the grand prize in Australia’s richest bull riding rodeo arena spectacular.” Rodeo 4 Life producer Doug Vickers is more than a businessman, he’s also a grateful RPA liver transplant recipient who’s doing much more than setting the bar high for Australian rodeo sports entertainment; he’s also increasing awareness of organ donation and funding essential life-saving organ transplant research with 100% of profits dedicated to research conducted at the RPATI. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. Thanks to the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life, the RPATI will be able to continue with the development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant and a greater number of Australian lives to be saved. “Rodeo 4 Life champion bull riders and the audience will be part of something that’s so much more than a night of exciting entertainment - they’ll have the time of their lives while giving seriously ill people time to live,” Mr Vickers said. “By promoting the need to register to become an organ donor and funding this vital research at RPATI, we’ll be increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted and together we’ll save more lives,” he said. Travis Collins, who’s well known for his tireless fundraising efforts by dedicating his talents to causes close to his heart to help others said, “It’s an incredible honour to perform at Rodeo 4 Life. While music, song writing, recording and performing is my life, there is something very special about being part of something bigger that has the power to save the lives of many.” Book now at Ticketmaster www.bit.ly/RFL-BOOK or rodeo4life.com.au. -ENDS- *Full list of Rodeo 4 Life Bull riding champions on page 3.   MEDIA CONTACTS INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744 INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Champion Cowboys 2.      Doug Vickers OAM - Rodeo 4 Life producer and RPA Liver transplant recipient 3.      Travis Collins - Seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year 4.      John ‘Happy” Gill of JP Gill & Sons – Rodeo 4 Life stock contractor   RODEO 4 LIFE LINKS 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Website: https://rodeo4life.com.au/ 2.      Rodeo 4 Life Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodeo4lifeau/ 3.      BOOK NOW at Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/RFL-BOOK 4.      Organ Donor Register: https://donatelife.gov.au/   RODEO 4 LIFE MEDIA CENTRE – DOWNLOADS 1.      Photographs of spokespersons, cowboys, rodeo images and bulls can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/RFL-Media     JOURNALIST NOTES RODEO 4 LIFE CHAMPION BULL RIDERS (IN ALPHA ORDER) 1.      Ben Atkins from Tongala, Victoria, is a long-time crowd pleaser in bull riding competitions and was a NFR Finalist in both 2007 and 2008. 2.      Bryden Atkins from Chiltern, Victoria, was 2 time APRA Junior Bull Riding Champion and 2009 NRCA Junior Bull Riding Champion. Bryden also holds the 2014, 2015, 2016 RSA Woodalls Series Ride-Tuff Bull Riding Champion title and was a 2015 United Bucking Bulls inc. (UBBI) World Series Qualifier. Bryden’s been an APRA Bull Riding Qualifier multiple times and his recent wins at Barooga and Chiltern APRA Pro-Rodeos. 3.      Mathew Bee from Tarome, Queensland, won the title of RSA Ridetuff Series Rookie Bull Riding Champion in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 he was the RSA Rookie Bull Riding Champion and in 2016 and 2018 he took the title of NRCA Australian Bull Riding Champion. 4.      Brumby Brandenburg from Bloomsbury, QLD will be looking to take home his first bull riding title when he takes on some of Australia’s champions at Rodeo 4 Life. 5.      Joey Buckingham from Mossman Queensland, holds the titles of 2017 Great Northern Bull Riding Series Rookie Champion and 2016 Mareeba Rodeo Novice Bull Ride Winner. In 2015 he was an ABCRA NQ Zone Qualifier and in 2014 he was an Australian High School Rodeo Finals Qualifie 6.      Sam Champ from Meldale, Queensland holds the title of 2015 APRA Sunshine Circuit Bull Riding Champion. 7.      Toby Collins from Maldon, Victoria is the 2018 Cloverdale Bull Riding Champion, a 2016 (PRCA) Texas Circuit Finals Qualifier and in 2011 he won the title of APRA Rookie Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Champion! 8.      Troy Cross from Boorowa NSW, has been a national finals qualifier six times and holds the title of 2009 Christchurch New Zealand World International Winner.  9.      Jonathan Couling from Singleton NSW, holds the 2014 and 2017 East to West Coast Bull Riding Champion titles and was a WRA and LRA Bull Riding Finalist in 2016 in Alberta Canada. 10.   Sam Daly from Cobden, Victoria has a string of rodeo titles to his name including 2010 and 2011 RSA Junior Steer Riding Champion, 2012 SCRS Rookie Bull Riding Champion and the 2016 Ride Tough Woodall Series Rookie Bull Riding Champion. 11.   Joe Down from Warrnambool, Victoria is a four-time Dalby Qualifier, the 2018 and 2019 APRA Rookie Bull Riding Champion. Joe holds the 2018 and 2019 RSA Rookie Bull Rider titles. 12.   Jesse Glass from Qurindi, NSW has been working the rodeo circuit since high school and was a two-time Qualifier in the RSA National Finals Bull Ride & Steer Wrestling, ABCRA NFR and was a National High School Finals Qualifier. 13.   Lane Howlett from Roma Queensland, finished in the top 10 in the 2018 APRA season and took 4th place at Mt Isa in 2018.  Lane holds the 2019 Sunshine Circuit Bull Riding Championship title. 14.   Sean Lynch from Wagga Wagga NSW, is a National Finals Qualifier in both the APRA and ABCRA Championships. 15.   Kyle Maskiell from Longford Tasmania is an RSA Champion Bull Rider. 16.   Jack McArther from Cooyar, Queensland holds the 2017 APRA Bull Riding Championship title. 17.   Wade McCarthy from Muckenburra, West Australia holds the titles of 2018 West Australian All Round Champion Cowboy, 2018 West Australian Bull Riding Champion and 2014 ABCRA Australian Bull Riding Champion. 18.   Wyatt Milgate from Biboohra, Queensland is one of Rodeo 4 Life’s youngest competitors with a string of bull riding titles to his name. Wyatt is a two-time NRCA Qualifier, a five time ABCRA Qualifier and in 2017 and 2018 he was the ABCRA NQ Zone Junior Bull Ride Champion. Wyatt holds the titles of NQRA 2018 Novice Bull Ride Champion and the 2017 and 2018 Great Northern Series Bull Ride Champion. 19.   Cliff Richardson from Gresford, NSW has represented Australia 3 times at the PBR Global Cups and qualified for the 2018 PBR Velocity Finals in Las Vegas USA. He was 2018 runner up PBR Australia Nation Champion, the 2018 PBR Australia Last Cowboy Standing Event Champion, 2018 ABCRA Runner Up Nation Bull Riding Champion, 2017 ABCRA Nation Bull Riding Champion, 2017 ABCRA Central Circuit Bull Riding Champion and in 2011 he was the ABCRA Rookie All Round Cowboy, Rookie Bull Riding Champion and Rookie Bare Back Champion. 20.   Dylan Richardson from Maffra Victoria, is one of Rodeo 4 Life’s youngest bull riders. Dylan holds the 2016 National Rodeo Council Services Australia Junior Bull Rider title and the 2019 RSA Junior Bull Rider title. 21.   Anthony Ryan from Warrnambool, Victoria holds the title of 2011 RSA Novice Bull Riding Champion. 22.   Trefor Sproule from Singleton, NSW is a 3 time ABCRA National Finals Qualifier. In 2016 he was the XTREAM Bulls Runner Up Champion and in 2010 a ABCRA Finals Round Winner. 23.   Ty Thomson from Mt Walker, Queensland holds the titles of 2012 Calf Riding Champion (NRA), 2016 Junior Bull Riding Champion (NRA) and was named Novice Bull Riding Champion (NRA) in 2018. 24.   Troy Wilkinson from Upper Horton, NSW holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier. 25.   Sam Woodall from Heywood, Victoria holds a number of titles including the 2018 Australian Professional Rodeo Association Rookie Bull Riding Champion, 2017 National Rodeo Council of Australia Bull Riding Champion, 2017 APRA Southern Cross Rodeo Circuit Rookie Bull Riding Champion, 2016 Rodeo Services Association 2nd Division Bull Riding Champion, 2014-16 Rodeo Services Association Junior Bull Riding Champion and 2012 - 16 RSA Woodall Rodeo Promotions Junior Bull Riding Champion.   RODEO 4 LIFE Giving the audience the time of their lives to give seriously ill people the time to live! Rodeo 4 Life on Saturday 30 November 2019, at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, is Australia’s richest bull ride spectacular with $30,000 in prize money up for grabs with seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing live in concert. Rodeo 4 Life is the inspiration of Doug Vickers OAM, rodeo sports producer and liver transplant recipient. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with policies, rules and industry standards of Rodeo Services Australia (RSA), and the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with animal welfare standards, registration and licensing systems of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). An RSPCA representative will be invited to be on site to oversee the event and a veterinarian will be in attendance. Whilst the event is raising funds to go toward Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Transplant Service; the hospital or Sydney Local Health District is not involved in the conduct or organisation of this event. DOUG VICKERS OAM Doug Vickers was born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland. In 1970 he joined the Australian military serving in the RAAF in Australia and overseas. In 1991, Doug Vickers was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for his service to the military. In 1999, following his discharge from military service, Doug went on to teach at the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence until 2013 when he ventured into the world of business purchasing Loam and Stone Landscape supplies and establishing his engineering company which he operates today. On 23 December 2015, Doug underwent a life-saving a liver transplant at RPA. After receiving the gift of life and the lengthy recovery period that followed, Doug learned of the funding challenges faced by researchers at the RPA Transplant Institute and became passionate about creating a unique event that could generate essential funds for vital research that could save the lives of others. With a family background in rodeo sports dating back to the late 1940s and having produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia and served on the Judges Panel for both the APRA and ABCRA Associations, Doug initiated Rodeo 4 Life to generate much needed funds to support organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute.  On 8 August 2019, in an Australian first Doug Vickers OAM announced Rodeo 4 Life as Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert with 100% of profits dedicated to funding research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Rodeo 4 Life will be held on 30 November 2019 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW. RODEO 4 LIFE ENTERTAINMENT TRAVIS COLLINS Rodeo 4 Life will star seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing some of his greatest hits including Just Another Girl, Call Me Crazy, and Hard Light. A dynamic guitarist, vocalist and live performer, Travis Collins has established himself as a leading artist in the Australian music industry.  Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner with a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt. Well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances, Travis Collins continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. GLEN MORGAN - RODEO ANNOUNCER Glen Morgan is a name synonymous with Australian rodeo sports. Glen rode saddle broncs for more than 15 years winning 13 Australian titles. Glen also and competed in Canada and the U.S.A in the 1980s and 1990s before retiring from championship rodeo competition to become one of the best rodeo announcers in the business. GENE MCDONALD - RODEO PROTECTION CLOWN Rodeo protection clowns are risk takers who do more than entertain the audience during bull riding rodeo sports - they put their life on the line to distract the bulls away from grounded riders.  Gene will have one of the most important and dangerous roles in the Rodeo 4 Life arena - to protect the star cowboys from the bulls when they hit the ground so they can get back to the chutes in safety. BIG AL WILSON - RODEO CLOWN It wouldn’t be a Rodeo spectacular without Big Al Wilson, Australia’s class act Rodeo Clown.  A former pro bull rider and a seasoned veteran of rodeo entertainment, Big Al Wilson has won the title of Australia’s Rodeo Clown of the Year, 15 times. For 20 years, Big Al Wilson has performed at Australia's largest rodeos including at all the National Finals in Australia and New Zealand, the National Finals for ABCRA, NRCA, APRA and NZPRA, and will be the star Clown again this year at all National Finals Rodeos.  JP GILL & SONS CHAMPION RODEO BULLS Rodeo 4 Life will star some of Australia’s mightiest rodeo bulls, bred and trained by legendary JP Gill & Sons, our official stock contractor. “Happy” John P Gill, and his sons - John, Jason and Jarrod could easily be considered Australia’s “Rodeo Royalty” with a family bloodline of western-style performers dating back to the early days of Australia’s Wild West Buck Jumping Shows. From humble beginnings JP Gill & Sons have bred a bloodline of champion rodeo bulls beginning with Dr Jekyll and 007 purchased from Noel Cook of the Running N Quarter Horse Ranch at Nathalia, Victoria.   RPA TRANSPLANT INSTITUTE The RPA Transplant Institute was founded in 2006 to promote and support transplant research projects undertaken by scientists and transplant clinicians at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  The RPA Transplant Institute is part of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), Australia’s pioneers in kidney and liver transplantation research and surgery with organ transplantation one of the many miracles of modern medicine created at RPA. LOOK WHO'S TALKING WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA IN SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA 2019-10-23T00:40:09Z look-who-s-talking-with-john-travolta-in-sydney-and-melbourne-australia GUESS WHO’S ON STAGE WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA? When it comes to Australian women John Travolta is normally associated with Olivia Newton John. However Olivia is being replaced for An Evening with John Travolta presented by Anthology in Sydney on Wednesday November 6 at The Star and in Melbourne on Sunday November 10 at the Palais Theatre by another famous Australian when Walkley Award winning journalist, author, TV presenter and radio host Melissa Doyle stars opposite John on stage as the MC for both events.  Melissa will put John through his paces and his incredible career as his interviewer for both events and then moderate the q and a session with the audience. At this stage there is no talk of Melissa and John doing a duet to Summer Nights or You’re The One That I Want! John Travolta says “Hey Australia I’m coming your way. I’ll see you in Sydney and Melbourne for an evening of reminiscing, music, movies, you name it…and thanks Anthology!” For tickets from $99 and VIP meet & greet & photos with John Travolta book now at www.aneveningwith.com.au FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, TICKET GIVEAWAY PROMOTIONS, CORPORATE & MEDIA ENQUIRIES email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601     Ruel announced as Audiofly Pro’s global brand ambassador 2019-10-22T01:56:58Z ruel-announced-as-audiofly-pro-s-global-brand-ambassador Ruel Vincent van Dijk (more popularly known by his stage name, Ruel) will be partnering with Australian headphone brand, Audiofly, to be the brand ambassador for their Audiofly Pro range of universal and custom in-ear monitors. He will be using their quad balanced armature drivers AF180 MK2 universal in-ear monitors (IEMs) and their six balanced armature drivers custom IEMs for his upcoming world tour. Ruel is already making waves in the global music industry with his powerful vocals and hook laden songs. After winning praise from industry heavyweights including Elton John and Khalid, Ruel became the youngest ever recipient of the ARIA Award for Best Breakthrough Artist of the Year. 2019 has already seen him crowned as the youngest male performer to not only headline, but sell out the Sydney Opera House…twice, and has had him land a #3 debut on the ARIA album charts for his sophomore EP, ‘Free Time’. “Stoked to be joining the team at Audiofly and become their brand ambassador for the new Pro series,” said Ruel. “Quality in-ears can really make or break any show, so making sure I’m using a brand I can trust and to have something that can be fully customisable is really cool.” Audiofly recently released their custom IEMs and the new MK2 range of universal IEMs this year. Embracing the legacy set by the existing range, the new MK2 IEMs retain the signature soundstage, impressive clarity and superb ergonomics of the MK1 that has already been recognised and celebrated in Australia and other regions, but sees upgraded features, updated designs, new colourways and refreshed packaging - all based on the feedback from the variety of artists they work closely with. “We are beyond excited to have Ruel and his crew joining the Audiofly team as the global brand ambassador for our Audiofly Pro range of IEMs,” said Michelle Tran, Marketing Manager at Audiofly. “His down-to-earth personality, incredible talent and hard-working ethos perfectly align with the core values of Audiofly. Combine this with his honest, raw music that his ever-growing army of fans can relate to, Ruel is fast becoming one of the leaders of the next generation of Australian music and this partnership emphasises our continuous support for the Australian music scene.”   The partnership shortly follows the recent release of Ruel’s EP, Free Time, and in the midst of his current world tour across Australia, US, Europe and Asia. About Audiofly Pro Audiofly Pro is our line of in-ear monitors designed for musicians and audio professionals. With dynamic and balanced armature drivers meticulously tuned for optimum quality, Audiofly Pro IEMs offer a neutral, balanced sound that musicians and audiophiles alike will be sure to appreciate. The MK2 range includes the AF100, AF120, AF140, AF160, AF180 and AF1120. Taking the Audiofly Pro range to the next level, we’ll be releasing our custom IEM program which includes a newly configured eight balanced driver arrangement that will surely please. About Audiofly Based in Australia, Audiofly designs pro-audio products for musicians and music lovers alike. Since 2012, Audiofly has been pushing the boundaries of driver technology, leading to the development of a range of professional in-ear monitors (IEMs). What started as a drive to achieve clear, accurate sound for pro musicians, soon evolved to how we could make it better for all. That same precision and attention to detail used in Audiofly Pro in-ear monitors has been applied to all products in our range: in-ear headphones made for the day-to-day and wireless Bluetooth products for those wishing to go further. For more information, visit www.audiofly.com or contact Michelle Tran via marketing@audiofly.com or 0427 087 197.  Wash Your Hands! The Wiggles & Unicef Australia release a 'Handwashing Song' & video to celebrate #GlobalHandwashingDay ! 2019-10-14T22:01:25Z wash-your-hands-the-wiggles-amp-unicef-australia-release-a-handwashing-song-amp-video-to-celebrate-globalhandwashingday   Wash Your Hands! The Wiggles and UNICEF Australia release a ‘Handwashing Song’ and video to help children stay healthy   SYDNEY, 15 October 2019: The Wiggles and UNICEF Australia have released a new song, ‘Handwashing Song’, and accompanying video to teach children how to wash their hands – view it here: https://youtu.be/DJD9zPv2NmM   Written and sung by The Wiggles, the song seeks to motivate millions of children around the world to make washing their hands with soap a simple and enjoyable habit before eating food and after touching animals or going to the toilet. The new song is being released for Global Handwashing Day, today, for which the theme is “Clean Hands for All”.   As Ambassadors for UNICEF Australia, The Wiggles want to help raise awareness that handwashing with soap is an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent illness and diseases, and save lives.   Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins said, "Music can make early life lessons enjoyable whilst being educational at the same time. We hope our ‘Handwashing Song’ will help to make handwashing fun for children and those caring for them and stop germs spreading to keep everyone healthy.”   Every day, around 800 children under the age of five die from preventable diseases caused by poor water, and lack of sanitation and hygiene. Washing hands with soap before eating and after using the toilet can help reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases, which are a major killer of children in developing countries, by almost 50 per cent.   CEO of UNICEF Australia Tony Stuart said, “Teaching children the importance of handwashing is a critical building block in good hygiene practice that can not only create healthier futures, it can save lives.   “We love that children have participated in the ‘Handwashing Song’ video to demonstrate how to wash your hands and know that they will inspire other children to do the same.”    UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team works in over 100 countries worldwide to improve water and sanitation, and to ensure that children practice basic hygiene including handwashing. Last year, UNICEF’s programmes helped provide 18.6 million people with access to safe drinking water and 10.8 million people with access to basic sanitation.     #####   Note to editors: To watch the ‘Handwashing Song’ video, please visit: https://youtu.be/DJD9zPv2NmM   You can listen to the ‘Handwashing Song’ online, wherever you get your music: https://abcmusic.lnk.to/handwashing   A printable copy of the lyrics is available via the following link: http://thewiggles.com.au/parents/112/hygiene/62/global-hand-washing-day-song-with-unicef-australia     For more information, please contact: Kylie Martin, The Wiggles, 0418 314 088, kylie@martini-media.com.au Nicole Lawrence, UNICEF Australia, 0419 748 324, nlawrence@unicef.org.au   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 1,098,300 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 13 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).   About UNICEF UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund and works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.   For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.au   Follow UNICEF on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook     SYDNEY FISH MARKET HOOKS DEC PR AS AGENCY OF RECORD 2019-10-10T06:05:34Z sydney-fish-market-hooks-dec-pr-as-agency-of-record p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {color: #0000ff} October 2019, Sydney, Australia – Australia’s home of seafood, Sydney Fish Market, has appointed independent agency DEC PR to manage its public relations, following a recent competitive tender process. Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere; a one-stop-shop for 3 million food lovers from Sydney and beyond. Having been the flagship commercial hub for the New South Wales fishing industry for more than 70 years, today more than 13,300 tonnes of seafood is traded through the wholesale market, annually. Stephanie Margrain, Marketing & Communications Manager at Sydney Fish Market says: “Our team was impressed with the professionalism as well as the strategic and creative thinking that DEC PR showed during the tender process.” “We are excited to partner with an independent agency with such strong capability spanning consumer and corporate communications – one that will be able to support and shape stories across our seasonal events, but also work closely with our internal team and our retailers, to drive earned media outcomes that champion the consumption of seafood and promote the world-class sustainability of the industry," added Margrain. Renowned for its 36-Hour Seafood Marathon held annually from 23 to 24 December, and Good Friday Trading at Easter, Sydney Fish Market is an iconic Sydney destination for locals and tourists alike, but also aims to educate consumers on the wide range and seasonality of quality, sustainable seafood available. Agata Kenna, Managing Director at DEC PR, says: “Food and tourism are categories that the DEC PR team is incredibly passionate about, so Sydney Fish Market combines two of our favourite pastimes. We have extensive experience building brands, safeguarding reputations and cultivating genuine engagement in this space, and are looking forward to collaborating on campaigns that attract Australians from near and far to this iconic destination.” DEC PR commences work immediately. -ENDS- For more information or any media enquiries, please contact: Sarah-Ann Taylor via sydneyfishmarket@decpr.com.au or +61 2 8014 5033 For more information please visit www.decpr.com.au. SEA WORLD AND DEAF SERVICES TO HOST DEAF COMMUNITY 2019-10-02T04:49:51Z sea-world-and-deaf-services-to-host-deaf-community Deaf Services is proud to partner with Sea World to host a weekend celebrating Deaf community and culture. On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October Sea World is offering members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community FREE ENTRY to the park, as well as 50% off entry for friends and family accompanying them (entry to be purchased on the day of attendance). Additionally, a number of Sea World’s iconic shows and presentations such as the Affinity Dolphin Presentation and the all new Thunder Lake Stunt Show will feature Auslan interpreting, provided free of charge by Deaf Services. Bikash Randhawa, Village Roadshow Theme Parks COO, said Sea World was delighted to join forces with Deaf Services to host the weekend. “Sea World prides itself on being a family-friendly destination, which provides a welcoming environment for all guests and we are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to the Deaf community,” he said. “We want to ensure all of our guests can experience the world-class rides, attractions and presentations on offer at the park and events such as these highlight our commitment to creating memories for our guests which last lifetimes.” Deaf Services CEO, Brett Casey said their organisation is thrilled to partner with Sea World for the event. “As the leading not-for-profit organisation providing support to Deaf and hard of hearing Australians of all ages, it is heartening to know that Sea World echoes Deaf Services’ commitment to a more inclusive, accessible and equitable Australia,” he said. “Deaf Community Day will be hugely positive for the Deaf community as we turn our vision of all community members empowered, connected and achieving into a reality." Why Spark Festival switched to Aussie charity Humanitix to ticket their festival for entrepreneurs 2019-09-30T04:03:21Z why-spark-festival-switched-to-aussie-charity-humanitix-to-ticket-their-festival-for-entrepreneurs -- Spark Festival, Australia’s largest event for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs, has launched their program on Humanitix, the Australian not-for-profit ticketing platform. The move means that booking fees from the 120 events at this years festival will fund Humanitix’s Education Program for Girls, which supports girls in disadvantaged communities to stay in school and complete their secondary education. Says Maxine Sherrin, Spark Festival Program Director: “The Spark Festival is about building the ecosystem of entrepreneurs. We want to see more startups succeed. One of the reasons we switched to Humanitix is to make sure that girls from communities around the world get a chance to finish school and be entrepreneurs too.” Says Sherrin: “With 160 events to coordinate, the ticketing platform we choose is a big deal. I was impressed to see that Humanitix has features not found on other platforms. It’s a more advanced platform, as well as a charitable one.” Spark Festival is Australia’s largest event for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs. Attendees are getting started, or going global. They are entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, innovators, students, executives or just plain curious. But with a two week program of more than 120 events, many of them free, they all find their spark at Spark. Spark Festival 2019 will run from October 10 - 27. The events in the festival range from workshops on AI (artificial intelligence) run by Microsoft, through to a ‘Feast of Strangers’ run by the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, through to robot building classes run by TinkerTank. Says Adam Long, Chief Growth Officer at Humanitix: “Humanitix has already funded 20,000 days of education for disadvantaged girls since we started two years ago. We’re so excited that Spark Festival switched to Humanitix, because it means we’ll be able to do more to close the education gap around the world.” Humanitix is an Australian success story when it comes to tech and entrepreneurship. With the number of ticket sales through the platform doubling every 3 months, the organisation is on track to become the first “charity unicorn”. Says Long: “Humanitix is a charity for the tech-generation. We don’t ask for donations. We ask anyone running an awesome event to use our platform as your booking fees can change lives." The team is available for interviews Contact Adam Long, Chief Growth Officer on 0421 498 170 or adam.long@humanitix.com.au Download photography, logos and the media kit here. FAQ What is Humanitix? Humanitix is the not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact. It makes event management a delight, and directs 100% of the profits from booking fees toward education projects, such as literacy programs for young girls. Why education? We believe education is the ticket to opportunity. With access to primary and secondary schooling and the support needed to stay in school, kids live healthier, more fulfilling lives and can escape the traps of poverty. Our work ranges from scholarships for Indigenous students, through to meals for disadvantaged Aussie kids, through to education programs for young girls around the world. How did it get started? Humanitix was created by Joshua Ross and Adam McCurdie, who left lucrative jobs in finance to make Humanitix happen. Funding has come from many foundations, include Google and Atlassian’s, as well as a range of philanthropists. Who can use Humanitix? Anyone running events – whether an independent community event or an international conference. Event organisers have included Singularity University’s Sydney Summit, the Yakandandah Folk Festival and The Grounds. Where can I find out more? Visit Humanitix.com    Or contact Adam Long, Chief Growth Officer: 0421 498 170 or adam.long@humanitix.com.au FAMILY FESTIVAL PUTS DEAF CULTURE ON THE MAP 2019-09-30T02:50:53Z family-festival-puts-deaf-culture-on-the-map Deaf Services is pleased to be major sponsor of the 13th Deaf Festival, held this year on Saturday 5 October at Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. Convened by Deaf Culture Council Queensland (DCCQ), the Deaf Festival is a day of inclusive family fun celebrating the culture, heritage, achievements and language of the Deaf community. The day will include live performances from ABC TV’s Sally and Possum, Toowong State School Signing Choir and North Queensland’s own Deaf Indigenous Dance Group, as well as beekeeping demonstrations, storytelling and poetry delivered in Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Present on the day will be Federal Member for Moreton Graham Perrett, Brisbane City Councillor for Calamvale Angela Owen and Deaf Services CEO Brett Casey. No festival would be complete without rides and activities, and young thrill seekers will not be disappointed with an Australian Ninja Warrior demonstration, giant slide, rock climbing wall, jumping castle and spinning tea cup ride! If you prefer not to spin while you sip your drink, feel free to stop by the Deafonshire Tea Stand or one of many stalls serving up delicious food and beverages on the day. Everyone is welcome to attend this day celebrating everything great about the Deaf community! Find out more at https://dccq.org.au/events/deaf-festival-2019/