It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Mayor Tony Williams with Dr Vicki Richmond.

Fitzroy Community Hospice has been chosen as the beneficiary of the 2023 Mayors Carols by Candlelight concerts.

Proceeds from ticket sales at the Pilbeam Theatre concert and donations at the Music Bowl concert will support landscaping works at the Agnes Street hospice, which is currently in the final stages of construction. The landscaping will create a calming and restful atmosphere at the facility.

Rockhampton Mayor Tony Williams said that he was pleased that Fitzroy Community Hospice would be this year’s Carols by Candlelight beneficiary.

“The hospice is a significant community project which has come about from a genuine grassroots movement,” Mayor Williams said.

“The volunteers at Fitzroy Community Hospice have been working hard to fundraise over the past two years and I am glad that Carols by Candlelight can play its part by contributing to the landscaping costs for their new facility.

“The hospice is an important initiative which will provide a much needed service and support to Central Queensland residents and I want to commend all the Board members and volunteers for their hard work.

“I urge people to give what they can at the Carols by Candlelight concerts,” he said.

Fitzroy Community Hospice is a Rockhampton based not for profit organisation founded by local community members in early 2021. Its purpose is to establish and operate a professional and sustainable community based palliative care service providing the highest standard of comprehensive and holistic end of life care and compassionate support for all. The hospice will provide 24/7 specialised palliative care and support, at no cost.

Board Chair of Fitzroy Community Hospice, Dr Vicki Richmond said: “I would like to thank Mayor’s Carols by Candlelight for giving the hospice this wonderful opportunity not only to receive funds generated by the concerts but also to increase awareness within the community about the hospice itself and the vital care and support it will provide.”

There will be two Carols by Candlelight concerts, at the Pilbeam Theatre and Rockhampton Music Bowl.

The Pilbeam Theatre concert will be staged on Wednesday 6 December 2023 at 7pm. Tickets, at $12 for adults and $8 for concessions are now on sale at

The Music Bowl concert will be held on Saturday 9 December 2023 at 7pm with gates opening at 5pm. Entry is by donation at the gate. Food and refreshments will be on sale.

The Mayor’s Carols by Candlelight is a Rockhampton Regional Council event supported by CQ Today, Seven Rockhampton, Triple M and other local businesses.

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