Manning Valley U3A’s Silver Tones Singers charity concerts this year raised $4000 for the Samaritans Taree Women’s and Children’s Refuge.
This was $1000 more than amounts raised by the choir’s charity concerts in any previous year.
Manning Valley University of the Third Age (U3A) president Lloyd Seaton presented Samaritans’ Great Lakes and Manning homelessness Support Services coordinator Suzanne Rowe with a $4000 cheque during the choir’s weekly practice on November 22.
Ms Rowe said the funds will allow the purchase of essential items supporting crisis accommodation needs at the refuge, which assists women, and women with children, who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic violence.
“Samaritans is extremely grateful for the generosity of the audiences at the choir’s concerts,” she said.
The audiences at the two concerts held at Harrington and Taree were also generous with their appreciation of the singing.
They loved the varied repertoire of uplifting songs, and gave standing ovations at both venues.
The choir in turn was thrilled to have raised so much money for such a great local support service.
“The choir’s performances reflect largely on the dedication and professionalism of the choir’s musical director, Pam Archer OAM,” a choir spokesperson said.
Donations, either financial or physical things like new doonas, pillows, sheet sets, towels, washers, toiletries and food are always welcome and readily accepted at the Samaritans’ office at 103 Victoria Street Taree.
“If you are thinking of holding a fund-raiser please keep the Samaritans Taree Women’s and Children’s Refuge and Homelessness Service in mind,” Ms Rowe said.
Manning Valley U3A looks forward to continuing the wonderful work of the Silver Tones in supporting other local charities in 2018.
The Silver Tones have in previous years supported organisations such as the Manning Base Hospital children’s ward, Can Assist and Push for Palliative.