Brave young Connor hits the airwaves

By BELINDA SCOTT

CONNOR Maclean added another trophy to his shelf this week. The Coffs Harbour 10-year-old who is rapidly becoming a national celebrity, accepted 2AIR-FM's Young Citizen of the Year Award from Joe Mace during an on-air interview with the community radio presenter.

The small boy with the big heart and fighting spirit last week accepted the Courage Award at the Sydney Daily Telegraph's Merit of Australia Awards but was equally delighted to be a local hero in his home town Connor battles a frightening suite of medical problems that make him medically a child in a million, but loves to sing and perform and raise money for The Children's Hospital at Westmead, which has been his second home since he was born.

"I've got a hospital hero and a singing hero," he said yesterday, citing Robbie Williams as his musical idol and Westmead surgeon Dr Albert Shun as 'one of my best doctors.'

The primary schoolboy who has already endured 40 operations and has to face more each year, as well as daily medical procedures, takes delight both in singing and meeting people and lost no opportunity while in the studio to promote the fund-raising CD he has made with Casey Barnes, How Good It Would Be.

2AIR-FM is supporting Connor, the concert and the CD with promotion and Joe Mace presented him with a cheque for $250 for 50 CDs, which they will sell through the community radio station, as well as taking the CD international by selling it to Aussie expats and visitors at Phuket in Thailand.

Joe Mace said the recently-released CD had already risen to No 3 on the Coffs Music Centre charts.

Connor, an experienced media performer who has appeared with Kerri-Anne Kennerly and 60 Minutes with Ray Martin, as well as appearing on the front pages of national newspapers, yesterday seized the opportunity to promote the Rock for Connor Charity Concert at the Coffs Ex-Services Club on November 16.

Tickets in the concert, which will raise money for the Children's Hospital, have just gone on sale and are available at Coffs Music Centre in the Palms Centre and Park Beach Music and Hi-Fi at Park beach Plaza.

Tickets are $15 adults, $40 family and children under 12 are free.

Connor did not neglect to mention that Rock for Connor T-shirts would be available at the concert in all sizes up to extra large.



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