CAN’T WAIT: Father Daniel from the Anglican Church, playwright Nathan Fletcher, volunteer Kerry Yates and Calliope Community Carols organiser Tina Skyring.
CAN’T WAIT: Father Daniel from the Anglican Church, playwright Nathan Fletcher, volunteer Kerry Yates and Calliope Community Carols organiser Tina Skyring. Laura Mckee

Calliope counts down to popular carols event

LOCAL youth will be the stars of the show at the Calliope Community Carols and Christmas Night Markets.

The event, on Friday, November 28, will feature a live nativity play by the Calliope Scout Group, carols sung by schoolchildren and 40 local market stalls.

Nativity playwright and choreographer Nathan Fletcher said he looked forward to spreading the Christmas message.

"My passion is kids. It's encouraging kids to use their gifts," he said.

"It (the play) has a Christmas message - it's better to give than receive."

The Calliope youth have practised for four months for the event.

"The kids are ecstatic," Calliope carols organiser Tina Skyring said.

"It's the one time where parents can see their kids do something they have been working towards because the event is after work hours."

X Factor contestant Caitlyn Shadbolt will also entertain crowds with a few carols.

Money raised from the event will be donated to the Breaky Club.

The club is run by volunteers from the Anglican Church, who visit Mt Larcom, Calliope and two Gladstone schools to serve children breakfast once a week.

"If there is enough money raised, we hope to be able to make lunch for kids whose parents both work every day of the week," Ms Skyring said.

They hope to raise $20,000.

Calliope carols

WHAT: Calliope Community Carols and Christmas Night Markets.

WHEN: Held on November 28. Entertainment and markets begin at 4pm and carols at 6pm.

WHERE: Calliope rodeo grounds.



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