YOU see them mincing meat, grinding coffee and on school bus duty but never like this. Queanbeyan's local celebrities will be centre stage with microphone in hand to raise money in the SIDS and Kids Canberra Takes Two charity event.
It's a line-up never to be seen before but is sure to entertain featuring familiar faces Mayor Tim Overall, Jerrabomberra Primary School teacher Mardi Croke, Copper Kettle owner Frank Bresnik and celebrity butcher Peter Lindbeck.
SIDS and Kids fundraising and communications coordinator Trudy Taylor said it was difficult to find volunteers but she is happy with the final group.
"We had a list of people to target and a lot of people said no and some of the people who said yes umm-ed and ahh-ed about it," she said.
"They have three months from the performance to prepare. It's up to them how often they rehearse, they choose the song as a team and the singer is suppose to be like a mentor to the local celebrity and join them on stage."
A total of 11 Queanbeyan and Canberra identities have been teamed up with professional singers and musicians. Each pair will sing a duet and will join a group performance to conclude the night.
They will be given a score by a panel of judges featuring The Q's program manager Stephen Pike and awards will be given at the end of the night.
Some are doing it for a good cause while others are doing it for redemption after making international headlines. Find out more about each individual's preparation as The Queanbeyan Age profiles each local celebrity leading up to their big performance.
Mrs Taylor said the event was inspired by the Wagga Takes Two night which had raised about $80,000 to $90,000 in the past. "Just this past year they raised $109,000 ... being that it's our first year we just hope to make a little bit of money, obviously not as much as Wagga have," she said.
"They have a population of about 70,000 so I think with the Queanbeyan and Canberra population combined which is about 400,000 we could do it too."
Mrs Taylor hoped the community would get behind the cause either by sponsoring a team or buying a $25 ticket.
"The event is being held at the Queanbeyan Conference Centre so you can buy individual tickets or a table of ten," she said. "We encourage everyone to bring their own food, pack a little picnic basket and some nibbles and they can purchase drinks on the night."
For more information about this event or to donate call (02) 6287 4255 or visit www.sidsandkids.org.