Inspired by a request to support indigenous singers from remote Central desert communities to attend the Big Sing in the Desert 2013 event, Cool Harmonies is sending a $250 donation, raised through a bucket collection over the past three weeks.
The donation will contribute towards the costs of transport, accommodation, food and workshop fees for Indigenous singers, with some travelling more than 700km to attend the workshop at Ross River Resort, an original homestead near Alice Springs.
Choir members generously contributed additional funds to top up the initial $100 donation from our community chest, which sits at the front door. Each week the chest is filled with donations from the choir, their friends and family, members of the public, local businesses and paid performances.
"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 afield," said choir director Yvonne Corstorphin.
In 2012 choir members raised $9,078.70 through various fundraising activities, just up from $7,740.50 in 2011.
"Our 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."