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Voices to join in song to fight brain cancer

SING FOR A CAUSE:  Ange Stephens, Cindy Hammond, Simon ‘Skuzz’ Skurrie and Kaycee Bould get ready for Sing For Something on January 28 at the Exchange Hotel.

SING FOR A CAUSE: Ange Stephens, Cindy Hammond, Simon ‘Skuzz’ Skurrie and Kaycee Bould get ready for Sing For Something on January 28 at the Exchange Hotel.

The Wimmera will, literally, add its voice to a fight against brain cancer at a major gathering at Horsham’s Exchange Hotel on Monday afternoon.
Community organisers of the first Sing For Something event in the region have declared an open invitation for anyone to join them in the hotel’s beer garden for a mass money-raising sing-along.
The project involves people simply turning up and providing $5 and their voice as part of a declaration of solidarity through song.
With musical and lyrical support, they will sing a song appropriate to the occasion as a collective choir.
For Sing For Something’s launch on Monday, as part of Australia Day celebrations, the song will be iconic anthem Down Under by Men at Work.
ACE Radio, through The Weekly Advertiser and radio stations 3WM and MIXX FM, is directly involved in the concept.
Horsham general manager Brendan O’Loughlin and promotions manager Kaycee Bould are on an organising committee.
Ange Stephens, whose sister Rachel is fighting brain cancer, provided the catalyst for the Sing For Something launch.
“I knew very little about brain cancer – all I knew about it was from listening to Carrie Bickmore on television program The Project talking about her husband who had sadly died from the disease,” she said.
“It wasn’t until my sister was diagnosed with oligodendroglioma in 2017 that it became very real to me and my family.
“We quickly learned the impact it has on both the sufferer and their family – brain surgery is huge and very frightening.
“Sadly there is no known cause for brain cancer and that is what I want to change. The Australian Government contributes only five percent of money needed to research and I think we owe it to every sufferer to raise more money that can hopefully create better outcomes, better treatments and extend their lives.”
Miss Bould said activities would start at the hotel from 3pm.
“The money we raise will go to Carrie Bickmore’s foundation Carrie’s Beanies
4 Cancer,” she said.
“The idea is to raise money by getting people to get together for something that is entertaining, fun and joyful.
“It’s a full-on sing-along. We don’t need talent – we just need voices.
“We want to fill the beer the garden and then some.
“There are few things more empowering than a large collection of voices singing as one.
“It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the words, we all know the tune and there will be prompts.”
Miss Bould said Nick and Mel Murray from the Exchange Hotel had offered the beer garden for the project.
“The ‘something’ we’re singing for on this occasion is to raise money for brain-cancer research,” Miss Bould said.
“The hope is that Sing For Something events can provide an ongoing fund-raising opportunity for other needy causes in the region.”
As well as ACE and the Exchange Hotel Horsham, Waacks Bakery, Latus Jewellers and Wetsuit Coolers are also providing support for Monday’s launch.

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Posted on Jan 23 2019

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