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Choir of Hard Knocks

Choir of Hard Knocks Appeal

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Now in their 12th anniversary year, the choir is still led by their dedicated Founding Artistic Director, Dr Jonathon Welch AM and rehearse weekly at Deakin Edge, Federation Square. The ongoing and regular contact has had a profound effect on the lives of Choir members, leading many of the original 52 back to either part time or full time study or work. The choir has also given members the opportunity to find new purpose in life. Many had become socially excluded due to their socio- economic circumstances, and the choir has enabled them to acquire new skills and rebuild personal confidence and self esteem.

But we cannot keep going without your help! The Choir of Hard Knocks receive no Government funding, and runs on the generosity of people like you, and in-kind service from businesses. 

Statistics
In 2018, more than 107,000 people in Australia are homeless. More than 2.5 million live below the poverty line. Disadvantage creates inequality, deprives opportunity, exacerbates mental health and illness.

Music is a therapy that enables human connection by making people feel part of something and building relationships within a group.
Our research with Queensland Health and School of Hard Knocks shows it leads to:

- increased self esteem
- increased memory and improved immune system
- improved social and cognitive function
- improved self-expression, both verbally and non-verbally

Key Areas of Expenditure

The Choir of Hard Knocks gets no Government funding and is self-funded through public performances, donations and in-kind services from generous partners including Federation Square and St Michaels who provide rehearsal space and office space. 
 

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Contact Details

117 Queensbridge St
SOUTHBANK VIC, 3006


Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.