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Madi and Ashleigh perform at HeartKids Fundraising Luncheon

“You can always find a way.”

This was Eddie McGuire’s message to the “heart kids” (children living with congenital heart disease) and their families at the HeartKids fundraising luncheon last Thursday.

But I think this message is universal.

When Madison Edwards-Turner and I were given the opportunity to perform at the luncheon, we weren’t sure if we had enough time to prepare three musical items or if we could miss a day of school to attend the event! But thanks to Lisa Edwards, who helped us through the rehearsal process, and to the school, who supported our involvement in this worthy cause, we found a way – and had a wonderful day.

HeartKids is a charity devoted to helping children, teenagers and adults affected by congenital heart disease; providing information, support and life-saving research.

For the last two years, HeartKids have run “Jaidyn’s Lunch for the Kids” – a fundraising luncheon hosted by AFL player, Jaidyn Stephenson. Jaidyn is a heart kid himself – and found himself so close to not being drafted by the AFL on account of his heart condition. However, Collingwood Football Club took a leap of faith and, after seeking advice from a sports cardiologist, decided to call out Jaidyn’s name. And Jaidyn has proven to be a “real golden nugget” (in the words of Eddie McGuire), winning the 2018 Rising Star award and serving an as inspiration for heart kids – and anyone facing challenges in their life, i.e. all of us.

The money raised by “Jaidyn’s Lunch for the Kids” goes towards the annual HeartKids teen camp, which unites teenagers living with heart disorders. This is an invaluable opportunity for heart kids to connect with others facing the same struggles that they face, while making some amazing memories. For some, this is the first time they are able to go away from home.

Madi and I performed “Shallow” from A Star is Born, “Butterfly Fly Away” by Billy Ray Cyrus, and “Over the Rainbow” in the style of Eva Cassidy, with Madi singing while I accompanied her on the keyboard. We were joined by the incredible Lisa Edwards for “Butterfly Fly Away”, making it an even more memorable experience.

Madi and I were privileged to part of such an amazing initiative and contribute to a life-changing cause. We found it to be a truly eye-opening and moving event – and we salute all of the inspiring heart kids who have managed to “always find a way” whenever an obstacle emerges in their path.

Ashleigh Dowling

School Captain, Year 12 IB Music student

 

Concerto Concert this evening

Wednesday evening sees the culmination of many months’ work for nine of our most talented senior musicians. At 7.00pm the Symphony Orchestra will open the Concerto Concert in the CM Wood Centre with a beautiful rendition of the first movement of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, his ‘Pastoral’ Symphony. This then will be followed by eight single movements from a range of concerti for clarinet/s, violin, viola, two flutes and piano. Our adjudicator, Mr Joseph Lallo, then will select four works to be performed with orchestra at a showcase event Thursday 11 June. If you love to hear musical excellence of the highest calibre from our own student musicians, then this is one concert not to be missed. The event should conclude no later than 8.30pm. Entry is free.

 

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