By Eloise Mahoney
With One Voice Brisbane choir deserves a medal. Conductor Cath Mundy, choir volunteers and members have been working tirelessly over the past month running their #JoinTheChorus crowd-funding campaign to get the everyone in the Brissy choir to Melbourne! Why, you ask?
Nestled on the sunny coast of Queensland they are not just a community choir, they are a family. They show up to weekly rehearsals, sing together, share supper and create a home away from home.
Every year the With One Voice (WOV) choirs from around Australia come together to perform at the Melbourne Town Hall at the With One BIG Voice concert. The event is a celebration of diversity, inclusion, community and joy where more than 400 voices sing together on one stage.
Unfortunately, WOV Brisbane could not join the other choirs on the big stage last year. But this year it will be different. This year they will join fellow WOV singers and experience the exhilaration, joy and sense of achievement gained from performing on stage.
So how do they fulfil this dream of making sure every choir member, regardless of their financial situation can sing in Melbourne?
The With One Voice program is a charity running on donations from choir members, the public, sponsorships and singing events including Sing for Good so it’s often difficult to gain extra funding to cover travel costs.
After the success of many other crowd-funding campaigns which feed off the generosity of strangers WOV Brisbane took the initiative to start their own pledge. The campaign titled #JoinTheChorus tells the story of the choirs dream to sing in Melbourne accompanied by a series of YouTube videos and personal stories from the members.
To fly each member to Melbourne the choir needs to raise $7,500 with the ultimate goal $12,500 to ensure everyone has a bed to sleep in each night.
Raising the set target seemed impossible at first. However, over the last month the pledges have been coming in steadily and finally, we are thrilled to announce they have reached their tipping point of $7,500! This means that they’ll receive the money, but still need more pledges to reach their ultimate goal by the closing date.
The journey is not over but the efforts by WOV Brisbane are outstanding.
Well done team.
Show your support and pledge as every donation big or small helps get Brissy to the Melbourne Town Hall!
Last week our lovely ambassadors The Pacific Belles and Neighbours star Alan Fletcher took to the mic to promote Sing for Good on the Melbourne radio station JOY 94.9. The dynamic team sang the popular song ‘Accentuate the Positive’ giving the audience a taste of their delightful harmonies with support from the toe-tapping ukulele. The song was first written by Harold Arlen in 1944 and later performed by The Andrew Sisters and Bing Crosby. The song choice couldn’t be more fitting for Sing for Good with the key lyrics explaining ‘you got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative’. Watch their radio performance below.
“It’s important to reach out and connect with people and we feel so lucky to do this through our favourite pastime, which is singing”
Betty, Dot & Mabel (The Pacific Belles)
JOY 94.9 is a gay and lesbian volunteer-based community radio station listened to by 329,000 people in Melbourne as well as online, podcasts and blogs. The station is self-funded and committed to enabling freedom of speech and breaking down the barriers of isolation. JOY 94.9 is also joining us as community partners for Sing for Good 2015.
Working together our ambassadors and community partner put on a fantastic show and we can’t thank them enough for their continual support.