Singing for a supper

Some of Rosetown Chorister’s members.

Rosetown Choristers members are fine tuning preparations for the group’s latest performance, before taking to the stage.

Profits from the fundraising concert – Around The World in 80 Minutes – will be given to the Te Awamutu Combined Churches and Community Foodbank.

The show of support which has delighted foodbank coordinator Rita Middleton.

“We are always really grateful for any support people give us,” she told The News.

In April, the foodbank – which has been running for 30 years – distributed 61 food parcels throughout the wider Te Awamutu community.

A volunteer support drive in February and March also doubled volunteer numbers to 20, Rita said.

School holidays are a busy time for food bank parcels, with numbers steadily increasing over those weeks.

“Now, having double the volunteer numbers has made things so much more manageable though, and I’m grateful.

“All of our volunteers are very dedicated to the work we do.”

Rita described the experience of being able to give families food parcels as moving.

Rosetown Choristers’ president, David Brown.

“It really means a lot to those we help,” she said.

Currently, foodbank stocks are “looking good” and steady donations have been helping the foodbank team meet growing demand.

They’re always appreciative of more donations.

Rosetown Choristers president David Brown said their group was only too happy to support the “great work” the foodbank does in the Te Awamutu community with the proceeds for the concert.

And, after practicing for Around The World in 80 Minutes for several months, he said the choristers are excited about taking the stage.

In a typical year, Rosetown Choristers would usually hold two concerts, David said.

“We currently have about 20 members, and I think for me, one of the best parts about being involved with the choristers, is the camaraderie and the shared love we have of singing.”

The June 24 concert’s title is as it promises – David said the audience will be taken on a “worldwide musical journey” at Te Awamutu Methodist Church.


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