Melissa Doyle and Richo to host this year’s 19th Starry Starry Night

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Media Release - Friday 16 September

Seven’s Sunday Night host Melissa Doyle AM and Richmond Football Club great Matthew “Richo” Richardson will host the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s 19th Starry Starry Night this November.

The Channel Seven duo will take to the stage at Crown Palladium on Saturday 19 November as part of the Foundation’s annual event, which has become the premier charity gala event in Melbourne.

The night, which will include musical performances from a list of well-known Australian celebrities, will aim to raise money to protect children from violence and bullying.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation has helped protect almost 1.6 million children through care, prevention and advocacy programs since it was launched in April 1997.

Ms Doyle, who is the host of Channel 7’s Sunday Night program, said she was thrilled to be hosting the event after being involved in the Foundation as Ambassador for several years. She said the entertainment and the generosity on the night was always something she marveled at each year.

“It truly is a wonderful event that brings together so many people in the same room for such an important cause,” Ms Doyle said. “As a mother, the work the Foundation does every day really makes me proud to be one of its Ambassadors.

“I’m also looking forward to working with Richo who has been an AFL icon for such a long period of time.”

Richardson, who is a Channel 7 AFL commentator, said he had enjoyed attending Starry Starry Night in previous years so much that he felt compelled to ask for a significant role this year.

The television personality has also been involved in the event through the Richmond Football Club, which is one of the Foundation’s community partners. Richardson also attended the Foundation’s Candlelight Vigil at Federation Square on April 28 to mark 20 years since the Port Arthur tragedy.

“I can’t wait for November 19, it’s going to be a great night and especially exciting for me being able to host alongside Mel,” Richardson said. “As a Tasmanian, the Foundation’s history and message is also particularly important to me, given its origins in Port Arthur.”

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation will celebrate its own 20th anniversary in April 2017, hosting a series of events to mark the occasion.

Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta said Starry Starry Night’s marquee status had helped generate both funding and awareness about the need to protect children from violence and bullying.

“I’m looking forward to the night and highlighting the amazing work the Foundation does every day,” Ms Podesta said.

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