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Singing Success

The Mamas & the Mamas is a local community choir in Boronia Park, Sydney, founded in 2009 under the direction of Jenny Nylund. Jenny teaches Choir at the local Primary School and upon hearing how well the children sang, their Mums asked if she might teach them too (as well as a few Papas). 

 

The members of the group love singing together and sharing their music with the community. They have an extensive repertoire of songs, both acapella and accompanied, including popular songs, African songs, and Irish folk songs. The Mamas sing with joy, heart and soul and their lively and engaging performance style is uplifting and inspiring. 

 

Each year they hold a special charity fundraising concert. This year their concert was held on Sunday 8th November at St Joseph's College Auditorium in Hunters Hill. They had a full house (about 300 people) and even had to bring in more chairs. The group generously raised funds for Synapse by selling tickets at the door, running a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, and selling drinks after the concert with delicious food provided by the choir members themselves.

 

Each year they select a different charity to support and their choice has several times been linked to the plight of a fellow choir member. The first year they supported breast cancer research. The next year it was Bear Cottage, as a member's baby was terminally ill and the family spent a lot of time with their baby in Bear Cottage, which is attached to the hospital.  In other years they have supported Juvenile Diabetes, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, and Indigenous Literacy.

 

This year they chose Synapse because a choir member, Mamie, experienced a brain aneurysm a year ago. Her brother also has a brain injury and receives ongoing support from Synapse.

 

Mamie was able to speak about her experience of brain injury at the concert. She spoke beautifully and gave an insight into the invisible pain and ongoing challenges of individuals living with a brain injury. Mamie spoke from the heart and her speech was very moving. The group is glad to have her back singing with them again.

 

The NSW State Manager also spoke about the work that Synapse does. 

 

The Choir group managed to raise an incredible $4,721 for Synapse. On behalf of all our staff and our clients we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this event happen. The funds raised will go towards providing assistance and support to individuals and families in crisis. 

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