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Australian Hotels Association South Australia CEO Ian Horne has made a $10,000 song dedication in Erin & Soda’s Feelgood Friday Jukebox for Breakthrough fundraiser.

The AHA|SA CEO told the show the donation was inspired by a tough couple of years for SA’s hospitality industry, which has been among the hardest hit during the covid pandemic.

He said more than 25,000 South Aussies were stood down from hospitality jobs during the first lockdown, in March last year. He said the mental impact from that has been evident across the industry.

“It took until the end of June to get a large number of them back (into jobs).  And of course, that (uncertainty) creates havoc for people,” Horne said.

In a Mix 102.3 first, Erin & Soda are swapping their breakfast show for a non-stop jukebox-style request show, every Friday for the rest of October to raise funds for Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation.

Each song request costs $250 – the exact amount it takes for Breakthrough Foundation to train one mental health first aider. The goal is to raise enough funds to help Breakthrough train a Mental Health First Aiders for every Adelaide club, community, and sporting group in Adelaide.

However, the AHA|SA has gone over and above and donated 10K for a single song.

The song will be revealed until Friday’s show but Horne promises it’s one you’ve never heard on Mix 102.3 before.

What was the song? SWEET CAROLINE - Neil Diamond

Listeners can continue to request songs - and make pledges - online & during the show for the rest of the month. More information about the special event can be found at: 

 8.11a IAN HORNE - talks impact of covid on SA Hotels.mp3
 8.21 IAN HORNE DONATES $10K to Feelgood Friday jukebox.mp3
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