Following is something for Facebook page from Sing Australia Carina: A message from the Leader of Carina, Kathy Thomas
'Hi Colin, Just wanted to let you know that we held our concert in support of the Buy A Bale initiative last Saturday. We were thrilled with the response of our members and the local community. We raised over $4600.00 which has now been forwarded to the appropriate party.'
Note from Helen Vievers (former Leader and Life Member now Gigs organiser -'
Sing Australia Carina organised a highly successful concert on the afternoon of Saturday, 15 September to raise funds in support of our farmers who are doing it so tough in the inland areas of Australia. The venue was packed to the rafters and all appeared to enjoy the concert program which included, of course, segments sung by the group and other segments in which talented members performed individually. A highlight for many was a short address by Phil Donges from the Sing Australia Group at Texas who spoke about the effect of the drought on his property and how people from the bush and city dwellers are co-dependant. A total of $4723.00 was raised and will be distributed through Buy a Bale. One of our members managed to chat with Ian McNamara on ABC radio on Sunday morning about the concert. Click on Listen to Linda (go to 1 hour 08 minutes) to hear the conversation.
Comment: Wowee! Thank you Kathy and Helen for sending the reports and the photos but for all your efforts in organising such an amazing event. What a stupendous achievement on so many fronts. How wonderful to have Phil come and speak first hand about the affects of the drought. Then to be interviewed on Maccas program but then to have such a glorious concert and to raise such an awesome sum of money. Congratulations on all those magnificent efforts. You all look wonderful in the photo. You have done us proud!! ...
"Yesterday Ballarat North were delighted to have their annual visit for the Ballarat North Primary School choir.
Their choir leader Ange Marshall is a member of our Ballarat group. It was lovely to be able to present Ange with her 10 year badge yesterday in front of her school choir of which her own daughter Lily is a member, plus Ange's Grandmother is a member of Ararat Sing Australia.
Our members thoroughly enjoyed the songs which the children sang for us along with us sharing in some fun warm up songs together. They were quite exhausting!!
They love listening to our parts songs. This is so good for them to hear. We finished with "Lolly Pop". The children of course loved the POP.
Congratulations to Ange on her achievement with the children and we love having her as a part of us. We so look forward to and enjoy this annual visit.
At the conclusion of the visit yesterday 2 of the children spoke to Marilyn expressing their thanks and saying that they were in grade 6 so we're sad that this would be their last visit to us."
Carolyn Priddle, Leader, Ballarat and Ballarat North
Comment: Thanks for the report Carolyn and the lovely photos. Thanks for obtaining approval to use the photos. Congratulations Ange on your 10 Years in Sing Australia. I have heard lots about you. This is a lovely activity for Sing Australia Ballarat. Particularly great role modelling for the young boys to see the 'big boys' enjoying singing so much. We must talk more about our 'Songbook' - 'Songs for Life' which is for adults and primary school aged children. Ange might be interested in this for her school group. Anyway congratulations everyone. ...