How Your Singing Can Change A Life

Source: Instagram @singforgood

Global video challenge, Sing for Good launched on August 1st for its third consecutive year. The competition aims to promote social inclusivity and raise awareness for social isolation and loneliness.

The annual challenge was developed by Melbourne based charity organisation, Creativity Australia. The charity aims to build more supportive networks through community singing.

Creativity Australia CEO, Helen Williams said the focus of this years campaign was to build on last year’s success and encourage all to have fun.

“It is about getting the word out there, it’s not all about talent, anyone can enter. We’re looking forward to seeing even more creative, crazy entries this year.”

The competition helps to raise vital funds for the charity’s community choir program With One Voice.

Program manager for With One Voice choirs, Jessica Surkitt said the mission of the choirs is to combat social isolation and loneliness through the means of singing.

“We bring together people from all walks of life, ages and demographics to bridge the gap and create a safe and fun community.”

In addition to singing, the choir program offers additional programs within the weekly sessions, where group members can help assist other members with the challenges of everyday life.

“The Wish List enables anyone to ask for something they may wish for – be it a new job, help with a resume or help moving house. The group then has the option to help them fulfill this wish.”

Funds raised during Sing for Good will help to extend the With One Voice program in Australia. Williams said the competition was vital to the choir program.

“Our choirs wouldn’t exist without the generous support and donations.”

Ms Surkitt said funds would be used to promote seed funding grants to open new choirs around the country and continue to offer support to members who are disadvantaged and are unable to pay for the program.

“Funds raised will be used in a variety of ways including to spread the With One Voice program further Australia wide and offer new opportunities.”

Those wishing to participate in the competition must upload a video with one or more person singing and dancing to a song of their choice. Entries are then uploaded online where the public is urged to vote, share and donate.

Creativity Australia hopes to reach a target of over 500 entries by the conclusion of the competition at the end of October.

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