Big day out for victims of flood

A GROUP of flood affected Lockyer Valley residents were treated to a viewing of one of the most dynamic shows on earth at the weekend.

More than 60 flood affected people were transported to Brisbane Entertainment Centre for Cirque du Soleil's epic arena show Saltimbanco, courtesy of the Salvation Army and Optus.

Optus Arts and Community Director, Jeff Neville, said Optus wanted to do something nice for those that had suffered in the floods and tickets to the show seemed an ideal way to put smiles on faces.

“When we saw the floods we thought about what we could do straight away, and offering some of these families tickets was just one of those things,” Mr Neville said.

“We had some help from the Salvation Army organising the event and helping us identify which families would be the most appropriate to be given the opportunity.

“This was really born out of a discussion about the future and what we could do for the families in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.”

Cirque du Soleil's Max Charbonneau, said the show was the longest running Cirque show, shown all over the world for 19 years.

“This show was originally done under a big top and now the arena show allows us to get out to more audiences,” he said.

“This was the show that introduced Cirque to Australians and is a very colourful production.”

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