Monday, December 14, 2009
Layla To Shine
Brighton East youngster Layla Bodnar will be in experienced hands next week for her starring role in the Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Layla, 5, who has just been named the face of the event by Vision Australia, will be joined by singer Anthony Callea, who has been made official ambassador.
Just six weeks old when diagnosed with a serious eye condition, Layla remains an inspiration, say her parents Max and Konji.
As for Callea, it is the second time he will be the show's ambassador and the sixth time he has performed at the much-loved event.
"I couldn't imagine spending Christmas Eve any other way," he said.
"In the role of ambassador I've been lucky enough to meet some fantastic kids and their families who are achieving remarkable things despite being blind or having low vision.
"Their stories have inspired me and it will make this year's performance a lot more meaningful for me."