Young people in rural and remote communities need your help

Please take a few minutes to watch this video about how Opera Queensland is making a positive impact in Queensland’s regional communities.

 

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Last year OperaQ’s Open Stage team travelled thousands of kilometres across Queensland to take our music participation program into schools. While based at Longreach State School, a team of three professional singers, a director and music director worked with young people from Longreach to Windorah to build their musical, vocal and dramatic skills as well as their confidence. The residency culminated in a community celebration, where 70 children performed their new skills to 300 people in Longreach’s iconic QANTAS Founders Museum.

The difficulties of rural and remote education are well-known. Our Open Stage participation program has repeatedly shown itself to be highly effective in building a sense of community engagement, self-esteem and social well-being.

We have seen the positive impact Open Stage has on the lives of young people in regional Queensland and have attracted many passionate local advocates including the Mayor of the Barcoo Shire, Councillor Julie Groves, who wrote to tell us about an:

11 year-old girl who is so shy, she could not perform at the School Awards Evening the year before. This young lady very proudly, although still nervous, joined in 2012 Awards Evening.”

Councillor Groves’ letter stated: “…our communities were aware these students had gained meaningfully from this experience” and asked: “I trust you can fulfil the dreams of so many central-west students, of having Opera Queensland return.”

So - here’s how you can help make a difference:

Our education and community programs depend upon external support and returning to Longreach is the focus of our Annual Campaign for 2013. 

We believe passionately in the benefits of our Open Stage regional program, but the remoteness of these areas means it costs us approximately $20,000 a week.

The Queensland Government is supporting this tour and also matches donations to OperaQ dollar for dollar to a total value of $100,000. 

We need your help to make this important program happen again.

  • You can donate here
  • You can post your support for this program on Facebook
  • You can tweet a link to this appeal

 

As a donor you will have the opportunity to share in the outcome of your donation through an exclusive live-feed from Longreach of the final presentation.  Your donation of $2 or more is tax-deductible and a receipt will be forwarded to you, and we will recognise your support for this appeal on our website and in our Annual Report for 2013 unless you wish to remain anonymous.

Thank you for your support in helping us to make a difference in young people’s lives.