SEND in the clowns.
When the Great Moscow Circus opens next Wednesday night, four local charities are set to benefit in a huge way.
Orange City Council reached an agreement with the touring show’s management, where the circus will donate 500 tickets for opening night to raise money for four local charities, which will share the proceeds evenly.
After accepting expressions of interest, Orange City Council chose Camp Quality, Wangarang Industries, Special Olympics Central West and Cancer Council to reap the benefits of the show, which is part of a tour to mark the 50th year since the circus first performed in Australia.
The initiative is set to raise around $15,000 for the charities, and Cancer Council Orange and districts community relations co-ordinator Bree Kelly lauded the concept.
“It’s huge for us,” she said.
“We can take on any little bit we get from the community. Being 96 per cent community funded, this sort of thing is really important to us. It’s a great initiative from the Great Moscow Circus.”
The Great Moscow Circus is scheduled to perform shows in Orange from Wednesday, June 18 until Sunday, June 29 at Jack Brabham Park.
Ms Kelly said all the charities were hoping to sell out.
“”Anyone can call us, email us or even just grab us down the street,” she laughed.
From next week, any remaining tickets for the charity night will be available at the Orange Civic Theatre box office.