Photos: Hari Kotrotsios
Another fabulous morning of singing to help raise funds for Clive & Barb's Art with Heart project. Despite the wet weather, local residents gathered at the Uniting Church Hall in Coolum on 27 March for the morning tea - helping to raise $3826 from door takings, raffle, plus $800 from Marcoola Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank on behalf of Cool Harmonies and $1000 donation from Cool Comfort Air Conditioning. Additional contributions have been made by Cool Connections women's group, the Men's Shed who made the easels, plus paint donations from Gaye Bolton, Lorraine Benson & Alma Buckley. The funds will support weekly art classes for the long-term unemployed, people living with disabilities/mental health concerns, people living with the effects of abuse, lonely or aging people, with a view to increasing their overall health and wellbeing.
Photos: Hari Kotrotsios
Choir members in Aussie gear for the festivities in Coolum's Tickle Park. Photos: Hari Kotrotsios.
Congratulations to Esme and the Cool Connections women's group for being nominated in Council's Australia Day awards. Many of our members are actively involved with this group which meets at the Coolum Community Centre each week, providing a social support network, fun activities and friendship.
Our last choir session for the year ended with a festive lunch at the Peregian Beach Surf Club. Wishing all our members and their families a happy, safe Christmas. Looking forward to more luscious singing and frivolity in 2014!
Cool Harmonies are grateful to have received this wonderful handcrafted quilt, donated by the awesome ladies from Coolum Beach Quilters, to use as a prize for our next major fundraiser. We have a wonderful collaborative relationship between both our groups, and this presentation demonstrates again just how strong and supportive people are in the Coolum community, supporting each other's endeavours.
Getting ready to perform at the Sunshine Coast Choral Festival. Cool Harmonies joined six other local choirs for an afternoon of singing featuring Hot Ginger Chorus, New World Rhythm, Crystal Waters Community Choir, Sunshine Statesmen Barbershop Chorus, Global Harmonies and Tapestry. Photos: Hari Kotrotsios
Four of our Cool Harmonians experienced the Big Sing in the Desert on the June long weekend, a four-day choral camp near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. "It was a fantastic cultural and musical meeting between 77 'white fellas' and around 70 Indigenous singers," said Barb. "We were fortunate to learn many Indigenous songs as well as two excellent African songs which we hope to share with our choir. We climbed mountains, yarned and sang our hearts out - it was a really wonderful experience."
The Uniting Church hall was filled to capacity at our Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser. Photos: Chris Whitton