IF you don’t mind a drink on a Friday night, why not head to Warrnambool’s Laneway Bar and treat yourself to an end-of-week tipple for a great cause.
The Find Your Voice Choir is the recipient of the bar’s annual charity night. The annual event has been an important part of the bar since its inception in 2013 and has raised more than $23,000 for Peter’s Project, Standing Tall and the Leila Rose Foundation.
Choir musical director Tom Richardson said being chosen as this year’s recipient was “really amazing recognition by the wider community”.
"The choir really is a direct representation of the community,” he said.
“People saw it as a disability choir but that's not our ethos and it's not the truth - it's an all-abilities choir. We have professional musicians and people who love to sing and we also have a cross reference of individuals who do identify with a disability.
“It's a come as you are choir. To get recognition that it is of worth is really gratifying. We have another big year planned - we are playing the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Rotary concert for peace."
Another big gig is in the pipeline, and Richardson said he hoped to be able announce it soon.
"We will need all the money we can get as it will involve travelling," he said.
"It could be a national opportunity for the choir."
He said there was more than 150 members in the choir.
"There is also the opportunity for businesses to donate," he said.
"That's a possibility for anyone wishing to help out."
The charity evening begins at 5pm with live music all night and presentations, plus a chance to hear the stories of choir members.
The Warrnambool Laneway bar is located at 80-82 Liebig Street.
Look up the Find your Voice Choir on Facebook to donate or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.