It’s never too late to start singing.

This is a story about a man named Joe and his quest for love.

Joe leaves his hometown, becomes a locomotive, travels to Persia and ends up finding his one true love in the romantic country of Italy.

But this isn’t just a love story…

While Joe travelled far and wide, he was never alone in his search for love as the members of With One Voice Altona Meadows choir at Benetas St. George’s were always there singing by his side.

This musical story and creative Sing for Good entry provided the choir members with more than an afternoon of entertainment.

It allowed the members to embrace the joy of singing, engage with each other and step into a loved fuelled world. It was a fun adventure as they sang, acted and filmed a beautiful love story (with a happy ending).

The entry features a medley of five storytelling songs, opening with “Bye Bye Blackbird” and ending on the popular Italian song, “Arrivederci Roma,” where Joe reunites with his love before saying goodbye to Rome.

Every Wednesday at Benetas St. George’s aged care facility residents look forward to choir practice and other members of the community are invited to sing-along.

Through the choir’s open door policy we are able to engage with a diverse mix of people from the broader community who share the joy of singing and by doing that together with our residents it has the added benefit of providing a great sense of social inclusion.

– Siusan MacKenzie, Manager Community Engagement, Benetas

Singing in a choir is one of the best activities that senior citizens can engage in as it boosts their mood, stimulates their minds and increases social connectedness. The Ballad of Joe Sing for Good entry is a true example of the health benefits of singing and it is joyful to hear the residents singing so enthusiastically together.

The star of this entry, Joe (Giuseppe) also features in Benetas’ Unexpected Heroes film putting on another stellar performance. It’s amazing what you can discover under a few wrinkles.

Donate and vote for the With One Voice Altona Meadows choir and help get them closer to winning the Best Healthy Ageing Sing, which is proudly supported by Leading Age Services Australia

There are plenty of categories you can enter. Join in the love story and Sing for Good.

Creativity Australia has teamed up with Benetas, a leading aged care provider in Victoria, to bring you With One Voice Altona Meadows.

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