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We enjoy supporting our communities, whether it is entertaining them, assisting with their fundraising efforts or offering some extra people-power.
Since 2012, Dee Why RSL Club has recognised us as a community partner with financial support to help with our performances in aged care homes and the general community. We proudly display their logo on our colourful promotional banner. Our partnership with Dee Why RSL is a long and deeply valued one, with many years providing Christmas entertainment on Friday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes during December. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, we partnered with Dee Why RSL to sing at their inspiring Anzac Day Dawn Services at Dee Why Beach. We have also produced many concerts in their fabulous state-of-the-art showroom and held functions there. The Club featured us in their magazine The Point in 2016.
Our Christmas carolling program includes some pro-bono and reduced-fee performances for nursing homes, hospitals and organisations such as Probus, View Club, Rotary, Pittwater Parkinsons Support Group, Elizabeth Lodge, Manly Hospital (pictured left), Warringah Mall Community Club, and Nutcote, the former home of Australian writer May Gibbs.
We also provide Christmas entertainment at the Combined Service Organisations Carolling evening at St Ives and at The Cambage Court Christmas Light Display in aid of children’s health charities.
The Northern Beaches Country Music Club raises funds to fight cancer with their monthly ‘Country With A Kick’ shows and for many years we performed at their Christmas In July concert and at other concerts throughout the year. They in turn funded us to support other organisations in our community.
Three of our members gave a presentation and singing demonstration to carers and volunteers at Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia in Surry Hills, talking about the well being benefits of singing. Several of our members are carers of aged relatives as well as partners and children with illness so the story of how the Chorus helps them manage their stress and boosts their spirit is inspiring.
In 2015 we sang at the Christmas In July gala ball for the Manly Women’s Shelter at St Patrick’s Estate in Manly. The organisers raised $65,000 from this major fundraiser. A small group entertained an appreciative audience of Wesley Mission Seniors at Northbridge Golf Club.
We supported the Northern Beaches Girls Night In event with a performance at the Dee Why RSL Club to raise funds to fight women’s cancers.
We were guest artists at the 2013 Australian Women’s Health Conference, performing for the nation’s top women’s health professionals and telling our story about the health and wellbeing benefits of singing and Chorus life. We attracted some welcome social media attention for this performance!
Our friends the SydneySiders Express Mens Chorus raise funds for Westmead Children’s Hospital and we were glad to lend our voices to their charity concerts in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
We got behind the National Disability Insurance Scheme to recognise the efforts of our members caring for disabled family members. We held a DisabiliTEA in 2013 to raise funds for the Every Australian Counts campaign and some members attended the Make It Real rally. In 2016, chorus members and students of Arranounbai School shared their music with each other in a memorable day.
We raised $1100 to benefit members of our sisters in harmony, Christchurch City Chorus (CCC) after the devastating earthquake that rocked their city. A call-out for member donations to accompany a planned donation from the Chorus resulted in $1000 to the Salvation Army for Bushfire Relief after the fires that ravaged NSW in October 2013. A portion of our performance income has been donated to support Breast Cancer research, Leukaemia research and to Bear Cottage in Manly.
Each year, our performance income and fundraising efforts support the education of our Chorus members through purchasing equipment and costumes and defraying the cost of our annual coaching retreat, attendance at Regional competitions and to enable our volunteer music leaders to attend specialist education sessions.