The Newsboys Foundation is celebrating 125 years of helping young people who are experiencing disadvantage to reach their full potential. Bob Urquhart helped the Newsboys Foundation celebrate their special anniversary when he went on stage at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre at the beginning of the concert. The concert was performed by young musicians from Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Outer Urban Projects along with special guest soloist, William Barton on digeridoo. The concert was a great success!
During the anniversary concert, photos of newsboys including Bob along with photos of young people who are currently being supported by the Newsboys Foundation were presented. Classical music, rap and hip hop were performed at the concert and showed the diverse musical talents of the young people. Bob said it was a great honour to be included in the concert and represent the Newsboys Foundation.
To help promote the concert, Bob also did a radio pre-recorded interview at the ABC Radio Program (RN Drive Drawing Room) at Southbank by Patricia Karvelas (reporter). Bob shared his experiences as a newsboy on the streets of Melbourne and talked about the influence the Newsboys Club had on his life. Ruci Kaisila, a soul singer from Outer Urban Projects also joined Bob for the interview.
Bob has played an important role in representing the Newsboys Foundation during their 125th anniversary celebrations. Audiences have been very keen to meet a former newsboy and hear Bob’s stories and learn about the positive impact that the Newsboys has had on Bob’s life.
Since 1973, more than $17m has been granted by the Newsboys Foundation to help young people experiencing disadvantage. The Newsboys Foundation commenced in 1893 as a Club to support newsboys selling papers on the streets of Melbourne. In 1973, the Club became a philanthropic foundation to ensure that young people in Victoria would continue to be supported into the future to realise their full potential.
For more information about the important work that the Newsboys Foundation does in supporting young people, please visit their website: newsboysfoundation.org.au
Below the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Outer Urban Projects musicians practising for the 125 BPM Concert to celebrate the Newsboys Foundation.
Below at a Herald Sun Photo take, Bob with Sandy Shaw CEO of the Newsboys Foundation.
Above at Flinders Street Station.