Freedom Festival Comes to Town

A Freedom Festival to raise awareness of bullying and suicide issues will be held at Seventeen Seventy on 19 September.

The event, organised by Gladstone-based Team Freedom, follows the successful Freedom Festival and Family Fun Day at the Gladstone Showgrounds in March.

Team Freedom is a family based group working together with volunteers and sponsors such as Side By Side Scaffolding and Rigging, Coates Hire Gladstone, Loners Social Motorcycle Club, ToxFree, Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa, RSEA, Channel 7 Central Queensland, Geovert, 4CC Gladstone and Avis Gladstone; all working together to benefit our youth of Central Queensland.

The Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy event on 19 September will feature eight celebrities, as well as market stalls, rides, live entertainment and music.

Celebrities attending the event include Home and Away’s Tessa De Josselin, Ada Nicodemou, Andrew Morley and Johnny Ruffo, and Wonderland’s Ben Mingay, Tim Ross and Jessica Tovey.

Team Freedom vice president Ben James said the event was designed to bring people together and raise awareness of suicide, plus drug and alcohol addiction issues, and to make a stand against bullying.

It also will raise funds for ReachOut.com, an online youth mental health service that is accessed by more than 4500 people every day.
The Gladstone Freedom Festival in March raised about $15,000 and attracted more than 3000 people.

Team Freedom was joined by Better Homes and Gardens’ Demi Harman, Home and Away’s Philippa Northeast, George Mason and Andrew Morley, as well as Shazza and Kev the Kiwi of the Bogan Hunters.

Another feature of the Freedom Festival, to be held at the SES grounds, will be the ultimate lip sync showdown, where lip syncers can take their skills to another level.

The festival organisers are keen to attract stall holders for the event, after the success of markets at the March event in which more than 100 stall holders participated.

For more information on the event and to book a site, visit www.freedomfestivalfun.com.