Lismore Corporate Karaoke Cup organiser Patrick Fitz-Bugden is calling on businesses to get involved to raise money for cancer patients.
Lismore Corporate Karaoke Cup organiser Patrick Fitz-Bugden is calling on businesses to get involved to raise money for cancer patients. Marc Stapelberg

Lend your voice to karaoke night for crackin’ cancer cause

“IT’S a bit of a tongue-in-cheek thing, in that it’s not a karaoke competition per se, it’s about having fun.”

That’s the chorus being sung by Patrick Fitz-Bugden about the inaugural Lismore Corporate Karaoke Cup he’s organising in aid of cancer patients.

The event on April 16 will support people struggling to afford cancer treatment in Lismore through the Crackin’ Cancer Compassionate Fund.

“The goal is to simply have a lot of fun and raise some money for people doing it tough,” Mr Fitz-Bugden said.

“I’ve had a good response from the financial, legal and real estate sectors of the local community.”

Mr Fitz-Bugden is calling on businesses to consider nominating an employee to take part in the event, with crowd support from co-workers, family and friends.

“It’s a good opportunity to do a little bit of networking, it will be a good social night out for the staff and it will be a great laugh,” he said.

“The corporate commitment is $250.

“All money raised goes to the Compassionate Fund.”

He welcomed individuals to mark the date in their diaries and come along to support the business community, have a laugh and perhaps participate in the auction.

“We have a few things like weekend stays in resorts, maybe flights, in the auction,” Mr Fitz-Bugden said.

“My plan is to have the 18 or 20 people sing one song and after that we’ll count the votes to see who the audience would like to have as the three finalists.

“It’s a sing-off of three people and it’s not about being the best singer.

“It may very well be the person who is the worst singer who tried hard, maybe dressed up and had a good time, maybe they forgot all their words, but really went out of their way. They may well be the person who wins.”

Mr Fitz-Bugden hopes to make the Lismore Corporate Karaoke Cup an annual event.

There will be a $10 entry ticket for attendees, excluding nominees, and it doubles as a voting slip.

The event will be held at the Lismore Workers Club, Keen St, from 7.30pm.

“Nominees could even prepare for the event by attending the fortnightly Happy Daze Karaoke at the club’s Platinum Cocktail Lounge,” Mr Fitz-Bugden said.

You can submit expressions of interest to Mr Fitz-Bugden before February 29 by emailing crackincancer@hotmail.com or calling 0437 026 874.



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