SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH: Home and Away’s Johnny Ruffo will be at Seventeen Seventy’s Freedom Festival in September.
SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH: Home and Away’s Johnny Ruffo will be at Seventeen Seventy’s Freedom Festival in September. CHANNEL 7

Big names on the way to talk about big issues

TELEVISION soapie stars will help raise awareness of bullying and suicide issues at this year's Seventeen Seventy Freedom Festival.

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.

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

The Seventeen Seventy event on September 19 will feature nine celebrities, market stalls, rides, live entertainment and music.

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.

He said it would also raise funds for ReachOut.com - an online youth mental health service that was accessed by more than 4500 people every day.

The Gladstone Freedom Festival in March raised about $15,000 and attracted more than 3000 people.

Another feature of the Freedom Festival Agnes 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.

Freedom Festival

Included in a Freedom Express pack is prepaid entry, a full set of A6 celebrity fan cards to get signed at the festival and five chances to win one of two prize packs that include a polaroid camera.



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