Cool Harmonies share a passion for singing, and like
all community choirs, we love coming together each week to experience the
simple joy of creating harmony.
Members are equally passionate about spreading harmony
throughout the community; with a generosity of spirit in everything we do, we enjoy
sharing our gift of song with others, as well as our friendship, support, care,
kindness and time.
We have a community chest that sits at the door. Each
week the chest is filled with donations from choir members, their friends and
family, members of the public, local businesses and paid performances.
The money raised through this community chest, along
with money we make at fundraising events throughout the year, allows us to
donate to a variety of community projects, both locally and further
It is a beautiful circle of harmony. We all feel lucky
to be a part of it and make a difference in the community.
This year we raised $9,078.70 through various fundraising activities.
Our main project was the 'Harmonious Feast' cookbook (pictured top right) with proceeds from sales going towards Christmas hampers, distributed through the Coolum Community Centre. The balance of funds from ongoing sales will go into our community chest for 2013 fundraising projects. Other activities during the year included:
Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea - $950.30. Funds will help towards cancer research, prevention, early detection and support services.
African Children's Choir (ACC) - $6,373.40 towards KwaYa projects in Ugandan schools and slum areas, specifically for the ACC Tour 2013.
Pyjama Foundation - $105.00. Helping to transform the lives of children in foster care through literacy and mentoring programs.
Variety - $150 to provide equipment and support for children with special needs.
Family hampers - $1500 towards providing food, toys and wish list gift cards for disadvantaged families and individuals in Coolum.
Cool Harmonies members donated $7,740.50 during 2011 through their various fundraising efforts. The money was donated as follows:
February 2011: Stephanie Akers - material for quilts for
flood affected families. $200.00
March 2011: Murphy's Creek Community for families affected by the January
April 2011: Hannah's Foundation for Brassell Primary School to replace musical
instruments lost in the floods. $1380.00
August 2011: Vocal Nosh & Bash - for KwaYa projects in Uganda (African
Childrens Choir & Watoto). $3706.90
November 2011: Combined Choir Concert with New World Rhythm - providing Christmas Hampers for
Coolum families. $1109.60
Our fabulous choir members love creating amazingly luscious sounds when they join together in song each week, and get a buzz from sharing their wonderful harmonies with others whenever they can. But they also enjoy whipping up a delectable storm whenever they gather together in the kitchen. Proceeds from this cookbook went towards Christmas hampers for local Coolum families and residents. The cookbook project was assisted by the Bendigo Bank's continued support.
In 2010 the choir used another donation from the Bendigo Bank at Marcoola to produce a 2011 Calendar for its members, featuring photos from events and performances during the past year.
Waves of Harmony CD
In 2009 the Bendigo Bank at Marcoola donated $1000 to Cool Harmonies in recognition of their community participation. The choir used this money to produce a biographical booklet of its members and a locally produced CD "Waves of Harmony". CD cover photo by Jill E Photography.
Click on the play button below to hear Asalaam Aleikhum: