Lend me your ears. The Financial Industry Community Aid Program (FICAP) 'Who Wants to be a RockStar' is back and it promises to be bigger than ever.
What started in 2006 as a slightly unconventional way to give back to the community has now turned into one of the most-anticipated fundraising event in the industry calendar.
The idea is simple: get finance professionals with a passion for music to compete in a singing competition aptly titled 'Who Wants to be a Rockstar?'
Simple but effective. Last year, despite heavy rain on the night, more than 900 guests filled the venue, making it one of the largest crowds ever to support an industry fundraiser. To date, FICAP has raised more than $1.56 million for charities that help disadvantaged youth and children.
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WATCH: Last year's FICAP 'Who Wants to be a RockStar' Video Recap
This year FICAP hopes to repeat its success at the 12th 'Who Wants to be a RockStar' to be held on Thursday, 22 March, at The Ivy Ballroom in Sydney. More than 40 of the big names in the industry have lent their support, including platinum sponsors ANZ, Challenger, Colonial First State, Ironbark AM, Janus Henderson, Perpetual and UBS.
Chris Larsen, Ironbark Asset Management chief executive and a FICAP founder, said that FICAP hopes to raise more than $270,000 on the night through corporate sponsorships, a silent auction and raffle ticket sales.
The funds will go towards three charities: Learning Links, which helps children with learning difficulties and disabilities; RAISE, which offers best practice youth mentoring programs and Mirabel, which helps orphaned or abandoned children.
"It is an incredibly important night for both the charities - Learning Links, RAISE and Mirabel - we support and our industry. It is a terrific opportunity for us to get together as one and help those who are less fortunate," Larsen said.
BT Financial Group's Madeline Herlihy was last year's RockStar for her rendition of the Cold Chisel classic, 'Bow River'. She also took out the Perpetual Best Female Artist award. Other 2017 winners were:
People's Choice Award: Nikki Shepherd (Ironbark), John Farnham's 'You're the Voice'
Challenger Band Choice Award: Heena Geronimo (Profusion), Aretha Franklin's 'Respect'
Colonial First State Best Male Artist: Ben Hickey (BlackRock), Bryan Adams' 'Summer of 69'
BT Icon Award: Raymond Tay (Challenger), Prince's 'Purple Rain'
UBS Best New Talent: Brian Stoddart (Zurich), The Doors' 'Roadhouse Blues'
ANZ Best Returning Talent: Tim Sanderson (CFS), Darryl Braithwaite's 'Horses'.
For more information, go to www.ficap.com.au.