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Toyota Australia has today announced CanTeen as the beneficiary of the annual Toyota Concert in the Park, to be headlined by country music icon Lee Kernaghan at the 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival on Friday, 27 January.

Toyota Manager of events, promotions and sponsorships, Andrew Wearing, said that the organisation is very proud to throw its support behind CanTeen and carry on the tradition of providing aid to charitable organisations and programmes through the annual concert.

"Over the last five years alone Toyota has helped raise almost $100,000 for worthy causes through this annual show, and we hope to continue that success this year for CanTeen," Mr Wearing said.

"Toyota has a great history of supporting regional and rural Australia through the charity concerts.

"This assistance will help to creative positive futures for young people whose lives have been interrupted by cancer, many of whom reside in regional communities like Tamworth.
"We extend our thanks to Toyota Ambassador Lee Kernaghan and all the artists who will be performing at this fantastic free show," Mr Wearing said.

CanTeen Acting CEO, Dr Claire Treadgold, said she is looking forward to carrying out the organisation's good work with the help from donations raised during the 2012 Toyota Concert in the Park.

"It's an amazing opportunity to have Toyota and all the artists get behind CanTeen at Tamworth. It really demonstrates the generosity and supportive nature of regional Australia," Dr Treadgold said.

"CanTeen is the national support organisation for 12 to 24-year-olds living with cancer and is the only organisation of its kind.

"We are really pleased to be able to provide support to young people in regional areas, ensuring that they are able to travel to, and access all our programs free of cost.

"No matter where a young person is on their cancer journey or how their life has been impacted, CanTeen provides a safe environment where they can learn how to deal with the emotional, physical and practical issues of living with cancer and take back control of their lives."

Event information for the 2012 Toyota Concert in the Park:

Date: Friday 27 January, 2012
Time: 5pm
Venue: Bicentennial Park, Tamworth
Artists: Lee Kernaghan and special guests
Tickets: Entry is free, with donations taken during the event to support CanTeen

The full line-up will be announced during the 40th Tamworth Country Music Festival, which runs from 20 to 29 January 2012.

Toyota has today also confirmed its broader presence at the 40th Tamworth Country Music Festival:

Sunday, 22 January - Toyota Star Maker Final and Grand Final at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC): discovering Australia's next big country music talent
Saturday, 28 January - Toyota Cavalcade: the stars of the festival will celebrate with a drive down Tamworth's iconic Peel Street
Peel Street HiLux Stage: free daily performances from some of the festival's biggest stars
Toyota Hats: continuing the tradition, be sure to pick up yours with a gold coin donation - all proceeds to go directly to CanTeen


For further information or media accreditation for the event (VIP/ backstage/ media pit access) and talent interview requests please contact:

Symon Madry
(02) 8094 7779 or 0409 919 508

Clare Beatty
(02) 8094 7704 or 0410 909 041

Editor's notes

About Toyota and the Tamworth Country Music Festival

Toyota is a proud sponsor of Star Maker and the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Toyota has a long and proud history of supporting rural and regional Australia through country music festivals, environmental initiatives and grass roots sporting programs.

Since 1993 Toyota has been involved with the largest music festival in the southern hemisphere, Australia's own Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Taking place over 10 action-packed days, the Festival attracts over 50,000 people and provides support for emerging musical talent in rural Australia; an outlet for buskers; and brings some of the biggest music acts to town which in the past have included The John Butler Trio, Lee Kernaghan and Kasey Chambers. Toyota's dedication to the country is unwavering. Each year Toyota Country Hats line heads in Tamworth's Peel Street while HiLuxes, Prados and LandCruisers fill the camping grounds.

Capturing the heart and soul of the nation, Toyota continues to be involved in a number of key initiatives of the Festival including the oldest and most prestigious music talent search program, Toyota Star Maker, Toyota's Concert in the Park, the Golden Guitar Awards as well as the Toyota Cavalcade.

This is a reflection of its commitment to rural Australia. Money raised from the Toyota Concert in the Park provides meaningful assistance and support to local and rural communities and long-standing Toyota customers across Australia.

About CanTeen - The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer

CanTeen is the Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer. CanTeen's Members are young people (12-24 year-olds) living with cancer, including cancer patients, brothers or sisters of cancer patients and young people with a parent or primary care giver with cancer. CanTeen also supports young people who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. CanTeen provides Members with a place where they can simply be young people - away from the adult-dominated environment of cancer hospitals and treatment regimes. Through its camps and programs, CanTeen encourages its Members to get involved, make friends and have fun! In the words of our Members, the most effective form of support is from other young people in a similar situation - who have "been there, done that".

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Cancer support organisation CanTeen will be the beneficiary of the annual Toyota Concert in the Park at the 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival.