MORE than 300 young people experienced River Jordan 20ten on July 11 at Albion, in Brisbane. “The event was to bring a message of peace, hope, faith, freedom and most importantly, love,” key organiser Joey Hizon said.
The day’s two main objectives were “to showcase local Catholic talents of youth” and “to raise much-needed funds for Brisbane Youth Service (BYS)”.
“In the early stages of the planning I had this desire to get all the local Catholic talents together and perform,” Joey said.
“There’s just nothing out there at the moment that focuses on that.
“And I know that there is so much talent out there from our youth – they just needed a vessel to help them show the people.”
Joey said as plans progressed he “wanted the event to be more than that” and so linked up with BYS as a “well-deserving charity”.
River Jordan 20ten boasted 16 varied performances from a hip-hop dance crew, to youth bands, solo acoustic performances and a Filipino-Australian group.
Radio 96.5FM’s Scott McDonald hosted the day and it concluded with the Catholics for Christ United band. “All the planning of six months was more than worth it as the event was very successful with people asking if there is going to be another one next year,” Joey said.
BYS is a community-based organisation that works with homeless or at-risk young people aged 12-25 years.
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