The online Big Christmas Sing-A-Long was a great success, watched live by up to 500,000 older people on Thursday, 17 December, across Australia and around the world, along with their families and care staff.

The superbly produced two-hour show – hosted by Studio 10 and Ten News presenter Narelda Jacobs – secured almost 700 tickets to be watched in aged care homes, retirement villages, home care services and hospitals.

The nearly $6,000 in funds from these sales will go to the Support Act Music Charity emergency appeal, providing crisis relief and mental health support to artists, crew and music workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The Big Christmas Sing-A-Long was coordinated by the Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI), Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA).

Collectively, we congratulate the stars who donated their time including Normie Rowe AM, Johnny Young, Ernie Dingo, Beven Addinsall, Paris Irwin, Angus Gill, Phil Walleystack, Narelle Belle, Marjory Wood, the Starfish Vocal Studio, the Brent Street Performing Arts Centre, the Salvation Army Band, the Viva La Musica Community Choir and Coro Innominata.

“Our more well-known performers certainly lived up to their names and impressed us all again with why they have been so popular for decades,” said RFBI CEO Frank Price.

“At the same time, our lesser-known performers also stole our hearts – a massive shout out to the singers at Brent Street and Starfish for your amazing performances. You have also been the talk of the show!”

The website had 27,000 visits while the show was playing, including 1,100 people sharing messages. Since the Sing-A-Long went live, it has been viewed over 1,600 times and the watch rates are rapidly growing.

Congratulations and thanks to producer/director Ben Alcott from Damn Good Productions, along with music director Robert Clark from Legend House, who are applauded for producing a spectacular event.

We also say a big ‘thank you’ to our valued sponsors: Health Services Union NSW (HSU), Epicor, Telstra Health, Leef, EWH, Reward Hospitality, CareVision, Gilmore Interior Design, Orchard Recruitment, Coles Refrigeration, PDF Food Services, Simple Food Safety Software and Aware Super.

“I thank everyone for volunteering their time and talent, making this inaugural online show a phenomenal success,” said ACSA CEO Pat Sparrow.

“Seeing the connection and enjoyment of so many older people, their families and carers who have had a difficult time this year highlighted the true spirit of Christmas.”

The show was unique, including personal video messages and Christmas carols submitted from older people across Australia, which you can see in the Big Christmas Sing-A-Long, with additional videos on the website.

“Congratulations because the Big Christmas Sing-A-Long has set a new standard for interactive entertainment for older Australians and their families,” said LASA CEO Sean Rooney.

“We have produced something truly amazing that uplifted so many people and our audience members loved it.

“I look forward to working together with our partners to produce another superb show next year – one that brings joy to older people and will attract the interest of even more Australians.”

Given the current circumstances, we took all possible precautions to ensure it was a COVID-safe event.

The Big Christmas Sing-A-Long is available on the website www.bigchristmassingalong.com.au

Contact:
Nicholas Way (LASA) 0419 835 449
Alana Parker (RFBI) 0406 151 929
Peter Stahel (ACSA) 0408 584 439