FORMER Casino lad Jeffrey Fatt and three other original members of popular children’s entertainment group the Wiggles have been appointed Members in the Order of Australia (OAM).
The Australia Day award recognises the Wiggles for their efforts over nearly two decades in providing children’s entertainment that is also educational, bringing them both national and international acclaim.
Like Vegemite, the Wiggles have become an Aussie icon earning tens of millions of dollars a year.
Along with Mr Fatt the three other original members – Murray Cook, Anthony Field and Gregory Page – were also awarded OAMs.
Mr Fatt, the purple skivvy-wearing Wiggle known fondly for his sleeping habits with endless cries of ‘wake up Jeff’, could not be contacted for comment. He still has family living in Casino.
The Wiggles were honoured for services to the arts in children’s entertainment and to the community as benefactors and supporters of a range of charities.
It was reported yesterday they have been patrons of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation and have given plenty of support to charities including the Starlight Children’s Foundation, St Vincent de Paul, SIDS, Kids, and Variety Australia.
Despite their hectic schedules travelling and entertaining, including overseas tours to the United States and Great Britain, the Wiggles are known for generously giving their time by frequently visiting children in hospital.