In July this year, Appin Hall received notice regarding an application to Kentish Council that the NBNCo (+ Ericsson Australia) were proposing to erect a 60met high telecommunications facility within 20met of our northern neighbouring property. In response to this development application, we submitted a Letter of Objection to Kentish Council based on the fact that many of our clients (children suffering serious illness) are already compromised due to illness, treatment + chemotherapy.
Celebrate the Child Concert.
Thanks to all who supported 10 years of our ‘Celebrate the Child’ concerts
Throughout each year, Appin Hall’s primary focus is always on children and their families including a diverse range of difficult circumstances associated with disadvantage and serious illness. Within our yearly calendar, we invite a number of large Camps, which have included Family Based Care Young Carers Camp, CanTeen, Centacare, Carers Tasmania, Teenage Parents Camp, Community Based Care (south), Grandpower, Haig St Primary School Camps, Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres in Tasmania and special Youth Justice skills program
Young Carers Camp participants on-site at Appin Hall
'Celebrate the Child', our annual end of year fundraising concert in Burnie, was a huge success. The calibre of interstate and local performers was exceptional and provided a diverse variety of acts for theatregoers along the north coast. Major sponsor MMG, defined the way we could engage top talent and fly them in from all over Australia. Local performers certainly shone, in particular young Leah Woodberry who took her performance to a new level on the night. Leah supports Appin Hall on many events annually – and we are thrilled she is embracing the opportunity to work in front of large audiences. The concert began with the haunting sound of a lone piper Marjon Peisker followed by the dynamic percussion of Burnie's Taiko Drummers. Both excelled by creating a wonderful opening to the evening.
Carnival for Kids' – Our 'Carnival for Kids' variety shows across Tasmania in April were a BIG success. The three concerts (Ulverstone, Hobart and Launceston) extended Appin Hall's reach into the local community by attracting over 1500 children aged between 2 – 12 who enjoyed the excitement of meeting Koko the Clown and 'Koo Koo' Koko's little apprentice, The Sands Family Circus, vocalist Leah Woodberry, The Amazing Mr. Twist (magician) and MC Ronnie Burns.
A great amount of healing and respite has been enjoyed by a large number of families visiting Appin Hall throughout the year. It is most humbling to witness families being touched by the experiences and reconnection with one another in a peaceful environment.
Premier David Bartlett presented the prestigious Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year Award to legend Ronnie Burns for his work creating the NAS-sponsored charity Appin Hall Children’s Foundation Respite Centre, which provides refuge for terminally ill, disadvantaged, abused and destitute children and their carers.