A chorus of voices joined together to raise money and spirits at Longford at the weekend.
Held at Riverlands Baptist Church, the concert featured Launceston’s own Choir of High Hopes and a spread of afternoon tea for all in attendance.
The event was organised to raise funds for the Marudyan Society, a NGO in India supporting children’s education.
Wilma Dubbeld is a long term member of the choir.
“I’ve been involved in the choir for about 10 years now,” she said.
“Practically from the start I’ve been there.”
For nine years now the Marudyan Society have pursued fundraising efforts for its projects in the country, something Mrs Dubbeld is also familiar with.
“We’ve been to India four times and we’ve worked with the schools and the children there,” she said.
“We have been fundraising for maybe nine years for Indian children and projects.”
“This is the third time that they’ve [the choir] come and helped us to fundraise.”
Coordinated by City Mission and taking inspiration from the Choir of Hard Knocks, the Launceston-based Choir of High Hopes celebrated their 10th anniversary last year.
For Mrs Dubbeld, the concert was as much about them as it was the fundraising efforts.
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“The choir are feeling that they are making a contribution to society as well,” she said.
“It’s a double barreled thing this fundraiser.
“The choir love to come to Longford, they love to have the social side of it and the afternoon tea.”
“It meets two needs today.”
The voluntary $10 entry fee went towards the Marudyan Society, who Mrs Dubbeld said they have raised up to $3000 for over the years.
“I’ve already got $700 from the money boxes before we do today,” she added.
Going forward, Mrs Dubbeld hopes to get back over to the country to see the project they will be sending this new money to: a sponsorship program providing rural children with learning opportunities.
“But we’re not quite sure, that might be next year.”
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