The Kids in Community Awards Night is on soon, and this year’s guest will be former Lismore Heights Primary School student and now triplej  radio announcer Robbie Buck.

KIC raises the awareness of the positive role young people play in our local communities.

“The number and quality of the nominees each year is always heart-warming, and 2008 is no exception,” Kinds in Community secretary Maria Kelly said.

“The panel of judges, drawn from across the Northern Rivers Region and chosen for their expertise, knowledge and experience in youth issues, are currently reviewing all 84 entries and selecting a winner for each of the eight category divisions.”

The Gala Night will be held at the Lismore Workers Club on Tuesday 5 August and the ticket price is deliberately kept low at just $25, and includes a two-course dinner, entertainment and lots of giveaways.

“KIC aims to fill the venue in support of the nominees and encourages the public to purchase their tickets by 30 July at the Lismore Workers Club or any branch of the Southern Cross Credit Union,” Maria said.

This year’s guest speaker Robbie Buck got his start at Lismore Heights Primary School and on local community radio at just 11 years of age.

After working in Sydney on radio and television, and interviewing hundreds of celebrities including Eminem, Nick Cave and Ben Harper, he returns to Lismore to entertain guests with his inspiring stories.

More entertainment will be provided by Lismore and Alstonville High Schools and by Ballina High School’s Ngagu Jabu Dance Group.

KIC’S patron, Rachel Ward, will also attend the awards.

“A talented actor, model, scriptwriter, journalist and director, she has raised over $3 million for mentoring programs in NSW,” Maria said.

“Get a group together and come along and be entertained, while expressing appreciation for the positive actions of our youth. You’ll get a kick out of it!”

For more information about the KIC Awards go to the Kids in Community website or phone 6624 4053

About Robbie Buck:

Robbie Buck currently holds the position of breakfast announcer on national youth radio station triplej.

Each weekday morning, as a member of the Robbie Marieke and The Doctor brekkie show, he broadcasts to several hundred thousand listeners across the nation.

And it turns out he can thank the city of Lismore for his career.

Robbie began his life in radio at an early age. During a lesson in Grade 5 at Lismore Heights Primary School, substitute teacher Gary Martin informed the class he hosted a classical music program on local community station 2NCR-FM.

Intrigued at the notion, Robbie asked if he’d be able to come and see a show in action. He soon became a regular.

Some months later, when Gary needed to go into hospital for an operation, Robbie was handed the show.

The fact that he could hardly see over the panel didn’t seem to worry management and he went on to host Evening Classics each Thursday night for a couple of years.

Following some education in Brisbane, Robbie returned to 2NCR in the early 90s, hosting a number of programs.

He then relocated to Sydney where he picked up work at 2SER-FM, SBS radio and TV and finally triple j.

Over that time he’s interviewed hundreds of musicians, including Eminem, P.J Harvey, Nick Cave, Beck, Ben Harper and many more.

Diana Anaid to perform.