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McKie Memorial Concert a Friday fundraiser for two big causes


Charlotte McKie is a 20-year-old on a mission. 

Whether it’s shaving her head or appearing on Australian Idol, her resolve is steadfast. 

The former St Francis Xavier College graduate is using her voice to draw attention to causes that represent hope for future generations. 

Charlotte is fighting against diseases that robbed her of both of her parents… and she’s doing it in a big way. 

On Friday 15 September, she will host the McKie Memorial Concert at Carrington’s newest haunt MOA & Co on Gipps Street.

From 6.30pm, the nursing student will perform a selection of her favourite songs, with all proceeds going to the Black Dog Institute and Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). 

Charlotte shaved her head last year to raise money for cancer research.

Her fondness for HMRI stems from the loss of her mother, Jane McKie, to breast cancer 16 years ago. 

The Black Dog Institute is close to her heart after she lost her dad Michael McKie suddenly in 2022. 

“Mum was first diagnosed with breast cancer when she was in her first trimester, pregnant with me,” Charlotte says. 

“Then she was re-diagnosed four years later. 

“She put up a good fight, it was a tough battle, but it beat her in the end.” 

Her mum had always been passionate about the need for medical research and HMRI was her favourite cause.  

“Dad was an accountant and actually worked there for a while, too,” Charlotte adds. 

“I really believe research is the best way to prevent deaths, and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated.” 

Charlotte and her dad Michael.

When she turned 18 Charlotte then lost her father suddenly. 

“Dad was always a big advocate about talking about mental health,” she told the Newcastle Weekly

“And, he was big on giving back, so supporting the Black Dog Institute just makes sense.” 

It was her voice that has become her fundraising tool.  

“I used to sing when I was four years old and Marg McNaughton would take me around to nursing homes to perform for the residents,” Charlotte recalls. 

“I’d been dancing since I was two as well. 

“I used to call it ‘singing for the old ladies’ which is probably pretty rude now,” she laughs. 

“I also did singing for my HSC, I do love it.” 

Charlotte McKie has a big voice according to her fan base, as big as her determination.

Charlotte has also performed before Newcastle crowds at events including Stars for Newcastle and Relay for Life. 

Earlier this year she gained national attention when she was afforded four ‘yes’ votes on the popular television series Australian Idol

“That was a crazy, wild experience,” she recalls. 

“It’s not something that people who know me would ever expect me to do, but it was an amazing experience.” 

Charlotte’s mum Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer in her first trimester of pregnancy, photo 2003.

On 15 September, Charlotte plans to belt out some tunes for up to 300 people at MOA & Co in Carrington.

The McKie Memorial Concert will run from 6.30pm to 8pm.

The evening will also include raffle prizes, with BYO alcohol permitted and tickets via the Humanitix website.

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