The driving force of Hummingsong Community Choirs is to establish, sustain and grow joyous community choirs for women. Our members are very committed to supporting other women and from our earliest days, it was important to our members that they are able to give back. We facilitate this by fund-raising via our singing - to assist women and children in need within our local communities.
Initially, one of our founding members suggested that we support our local women’s refuge in Lane Cove and this was then extended to supporting a refuge in Dee Why. Both locations provide a safe place for women, along with their children, who are escaping domestic violence and find themselves at a crisis point in their lives. You can find out more about these shelters here. We were able to establish and fund a Creative Arts Therapy Program in both of these refuges.
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Recent years have seen Hummingsong’s fundraising energies predominantly focused on supporting 'Women's Community Shelters' (WCS), who are working within communities to establish new shelters for women, who are homeless or leaving domestic violence and providing short-term emergency accommodation and support. Did you know that one in two women across Australia, who apply for a bed in a crisis shelter, are turned away every night, usually due to a lack of space? These are just the ones who find out that there is a safe place to go, in order to ask for help.
Women's Community Shelters - Outreach Program
In 2016 Hummingsong established a pilot Outreach Program for Women's Community Shelters that supports women and families, who have experienced domestic violence or abuse, as they transition from crisis accommodation to independent living. This program has been tremendously successful and has continued to develop, year after year, since its inception. The ongoing support of WCS Case Workers, allows women to continue working towards their support goals, while improving their mental health and emotional well-being. The program also allows for early intervention as Shelter Staff can provide support to local women, who haven't yet been accommodated in the shelter, but who need support to stay safe or maintain their current accommodation. Both of these programs rely on philanthropic support in order to pay for the Case Worker hours.
Our concerts and performances are a wonderful way to showcase our choirs, while giving our members a chance to shine on stage and experience all of the joys that a community project brings. Just as importantly, for us, they are also an opportunity to raise both awareness and funds for women and children in need. We're very proud to say that over the last 10 years, our choirs have managed to raise over $220kfor our supported charities, via a range of concerts, raffles and virtual performances.
This has also been achieved by the dedication of our own choir community, wanting to help and support other women who are in need. Some of our members have experienced this situation themselves and know only too well the hardships it brings. Others can only imagine the devastation of having to leave your home, especially if holding the hands of your children, in order to face a life of complete uncertainty just in order to keep them safe.
How Can You Support Hummingsong's Fundraising Efforts?
Any support that you're able to offer Hummingsong is incredibly and deeply appreciated by both us and the women we're able to support. Please consider supporting us in any way that makes sense to you.
You can support us in the following ways:
Attend our Performances - Especially our big, end of year, Annual Concerts where our choirs combine and which are our main fundraising drives. All proceeds, above the cost of running the event, will be donated. Our indiviual choirs each host smaller events throughout the year, which may include gold donation performances, where all proceeds will be donated.
Buy Raffle Tickets - When we have an active raffle, we will shout it from the rooftops and all raffle ticket proceeds will be donated
Donate an Item to our Raffle - In conjunction with our Annnual Concert, we run a very large and successful raffle, to which all prizes have been donated. All of the proceeds from raffle tickets will be donated. We're able to accept goods and services and if you have something that you're able offer, please get in touch:firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct Cash Donation via the Australian Cultural Fund -We have a relationship with the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF), which is a fundraising platform for Australian artists. It is managed by Creative Partnerships Australia and was established by the Australian Government in 2003 to encourage donations to the arts. Your donation to Hummingsong via ACF will be tax-deductible. (An administration fee of 5% of your donation will flow through to ACF). Donate By Clicking Here
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