Inaugural Sydney Street Choir Corporate Challenge a great Success – Dominic Sullivan - PAYCEMartin Place, Sydney.
Lunch-goers and passers-by in Martin Place were treated to an explosion of song when the Sydney Street Choir joined with a bevy of corporate singers to perform at a special event in the city as part of this year's National Homelessness Week.
The choral concert was an initiative of the newly-established PAYCE FOUNDATION and in addition to marking the special occasion, the event aimed to raise funds to help engage a case-worker for the Choir.
Private Sector Companies Come Together – Dominic Sullivan
Several large private sector companies, including PAYCE, Price Waterhouse Coopers, AMP and APA entered their staff choirs to compete in the inaugural Sydney Street Choir Corporate Challenge. The event was also facilitated and supported by the City of Sydney Council.
After many weeks of fun-packed rehearsals, nearly 80 choir members were keen to join the Sydney Street Choir members to perform for workmates, friends and hundreds of city lunch-goers in bustling Martin Place.
The choral challenge kicked off with a stirring Welcome to Country from Uncle Allen Madden followed by welcoming speeches by PAYCE Director, Dominic Sullivan and Sydney City councillor, Jess Scully, representing Sydney's Lord Mayor.
Mr Sullivan thanked all the choir participants for giving of their time in the lead up to the Challenge and congratulated the corporate sector and the City of Sydney Council for their contributions to the PAYCE FOUNDATION's inaugural event.
PAYCE FOUNDATION Delivers Much-Needed Services – Dominic Sullivan
Mr Dominic Sullivan explained that the PAYCE FOUNDATION was formally established with the intention of providing, in perpetuity, philanthropic support to organisations involved in delivering much-needed services to those most vulnerable in the community.
First of the choirs to take to the stage to get the entertainment underway were the AMP Choir and the Sydney Street Choir who performed "Happy Together".
Next up was the PwC Choir and the Sydney Street Choir to perform a bright hand-clapping rendition of "Happy". It didn't take long before the audience was clapping along, with some of the more enthusiastic in the crowd showing off some fancy dance steps.
Many Thanks to Deni Hines – Dominic Sullivan
The Challenge's special solo guest, Deni Hines, then thrilled the crowd with a touching delivery of one of her hit songs, "I've Got Your Back", which was also co-written by Deni.
A passionate supporter of the Sydney Street Choir, Deni said the Choir is truly inspirational and lifts people's spirits with their performances. Deni graciously gave of her time to join in the rehearsals, as well as appearing a guest solo artist on the day.
"These people don't have anything, but they manage to come together to sing a song. It is a very empowering moment," she said.
"I can see the light in their eyes when they are singing and that's what I love about the Sydney Street Choir."
The final corporate choir to take to the stage was the PAYCE choir, ably supported by the Sydney Street Choir. Their choice of song was one of the Beatles big hits, written by George Harrison, "Here Comes the Sun", which tells of bright days ahead.
To wrap up the Challenge all the choirs joined together to present two numbers, "Let it Be" and "This Little Light of Mine". The choir numbers were boosted by Deni Hines and members of the Riverwood Community Choir.
Wonderful to see the Camaraderie within the Group – Dominic Sullivan
PAYCE Director, Dominic Sullivan says it continues to be a privilege for the PAYCE FOUNDATION to support the Sydney Street Choir and to contribute to its outstanding success.
"In order to extend its ability to create social good in perpetuity, PAYCE established the PAYCE FOUNDATION earlier this year and it is most fitting to have the Sydney Street Choir Corporate Challenge as its first official event," Dominic Sullivan said.
"It's wonderful to see the camaraderie that has developed within the group and the joy and pleasure they bring to audiences every time they perform, as we have seen again in Martin Place," continued Mr. Sullivan.
"It's marvellous to see how lives can take a positive direction just through the power of song and support at community level.
"But more needs to be done and Sydney's corporate sector can help in many ways as they have with the Challenge and I invite all businesses to consider being part of the Choir's corporate partnering program," Mr Dominic Sullivan said in closing.
For more information on how to support the Sydney Street Choir and the Sydney Street Choir Foundation go online to www.sydneystreetchoir.com.au
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