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.
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.
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!