Singing for a cause
Fundraiser for YMCA youth programme has one Timaru principal feeling nervous.
Bluestone Primary School principal Ian Poulter will sing on stage with local musician and business owner Jane Bowen in April as a part of Duets 2018.
Organised by Starbound Studios’ Alistair Bradley and Sheryl Higgs, Duets pairs experienced musicians with non-musicians to perform together on stage.
Last year the inaugural Duets raised about $8000 for the Roncalli College arts department.
‘‘I was involved with choirs as a kid,’’ Poulter said of his singing experience.
‘‘The only other public singing I’ve done since then was at school events.’’
He said he was looking forward to the challenge, and believed it would be ‘‘good fun’’.
Higgs said nine duos would perform this year, and many of the ‘tutors’ from last year were helping out again.
‘‘It didn’t seem as hard to get people involved this year,’’ she said.
‘‘Also it’s another really good cause, people want to get behind this.’’
The YMCA had also organised an auction, YMCA marketing, communications and fundraising manager Michele Keggenhoff said.
‘‘At the moment we’re coming up on about $5000 worth of items. Our fundraising goal for this is $10,000. All of it goes to the Resiliency Toolkit,’’ Keggenhoff said.
The Resiliency Toolkit is a programme the YMCA runs at all of the secondary schools in Mid and South Canterbury, Keggenhoff said.
Duets 2018 will be staged at the Landing Services Building on Friday, April 6. Tickets are available from the YMCA 688 3682.