Choir to go trackside

Born to Sing choir members George Howell and Gwen, Deb and Brian Saville and, at rear, Lindsay Breach.
Born to Sing choir members George Howell and Gwen, Deb and Brian Saville and, at rear, Lindsay Breach.

In the 24-hour WA Cancer Council weekend event, teams of 10 to 15 members will take turns to stay on the track.

The choir’s most novel fundraiser is collecting five-cent coins. Each member has a milk bottle with a hole at the top to slip in coins. One member collects five-cent coins everywhere she goes in her wheelchair and so far she has raised $600.

However, the choir’s biggest fundraiser was their recent concert, which netted almost $7000 for the Cancer Council.

Choir co-founder and team captain Deb Saville said the choir registered a team in last year’s Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life before her mother Gwen, a former nurse, was diagnosed with cancer.

‘Taking part in the Relay for Life took on even greater significance then,’ Deb said. ‘Although several choir members have had cancer or been a carer.’

Gwen received some welcome news after her recent six-monthly health check-up and has been given the all-clear.

The choir performed on stage at last year’s Joondalup relay, but this year will perform trackside with candles after 9pm on Saturday to encourage teams on the track.

‘Our members are very generous and caring,’ Deb said. ‘Our motto is ‘Make a Difference’.’