Vision Australia is thrilled to announce that this year’s Carols by Candlelight Ambassadors are four of Australia’s most talented young musicians. The Voice stars Harrison Craig and Jackson Thomas, Wicked’s Lucy Durack and Opera singer Michael Vaiasinni are set to light up the Carols stage this Christmas as 2014 Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight Ambassadors. These incredible musical stars have come together to support Vision Australia’s iconic Christmas event and assist in raising funds and awareness for children who are blind or have low vision. Thomas and Vaiasinni will both be making their Carols debut this year alongside regular performer Durack, and Craig who sang at his first Carols in 2013.
Of his upcoming first performance Thomas, who was runner up on The Voice 2014 says, “I remember watching Carols as a young boy and I’ve always said I would love to be up there one day. Vision Australia is such a great cause and for me to be able to help someone by doing what I love is so amazing.”
Vaiasinni is a 23 year old Opera singer who has spent the past 3 months performing across Italy, even singing for the famous Pavarotti family. At six years old Michael was diagnosed with the degenerative eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa, leaving him legally blind.
“Learning to navigate through life with limited vision is challenging, but having organisations like Vision Australia to support children and their families, makes such a huge difference to their confidence, which helps them lead a full life,” says Vaiasinni. “It is a great honour to help and inspire others who are living a similar situation that I have been through. My hope is to share my story through my music and achievements and to show these kids that anything is possible!”
Carols by Candlelight favourite and star of the stage show Wicked, Lucy Durack is thrilled to be an ambassador for this year’s event, in what will be her fifth incredible year as a Carols performer. “Carols by Candlelight is always one of my favourite nights of the year, so to be able to be involved in an even bigger capacity and help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause is an incredible honour for me. I can’t wait to get back out on that iconic stage!” she says. The Voice 2013 winner Harrison Craig agrees, “There is something so magical about being on stage on Christmas Eve for Carols By Candlelight. To be an ambassador this year and support the work of Vision Australia is very humbling.”
On November 19, Harrison Craig helped launch the Light A Candle Christmas Appeal with a flash mob in Southbank. The event attracted hundreds of spectators as dancers took to the street to reveal a giant present with Harrison inside. He performed two carols for the crowd with the Melbourne Gospel Choir all in aid of Vision Australia.