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Sir Bob Geldof event in Shepparton a sell-out

By Tara Whitsed

Almost 700 people turned out to a sell-out event with LiveAid organiser, musician and political activist Sir Bob Geldof in Shepparton last night.
The former Boomtown Rats frontman was greeted with a standing ovation as he was introduced for his speaking engagement at Eastbank Centre.
Sir Bob took part in two meet and greet sessions with VIP ticket holders before the event alongside host Anjali Rao, before delivering a keynote address and taking questions from audience members.
Starting his career as a successful musician, actor and songwriter, Sir Bob went on to make prolific social changes as a philanthropist and political activist.
The event was presented through Goulburn Valley Business Rural and Industry Network in conjunction with Greater Shepparton City Council.
GVBRaIN has engaged a range of powerful guest speakers since it began in 2007, including Australian surfer Layne Beachley and former detective Peter Fox.
Teenager Sam Brown was excited to attend the meet and greet and said he was nervous to meet the guest star.
‘‘When Mum got the tickets she told me and I was so excited,’’ he said.
Fellow students Sterling McKenzie and Jess Eldred spoke to Sir Bob about the Shepparton Statement, a council-initiated idea to engage the city’s youth on climate change.
‘‘He is so cool and really nice,’’ Sterling said.
Sir Bob spoke about a range of topics and used his vast personal experiences to provoke and motivate audience members.
The event proved popular, with Greater Shepparton City Council previously advising close to 400 tickets sold in just one day.
One table travelled more than three hours, from Corryong in north-east Victoria, to attend the event.