Singing for a cause

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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