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We welcome the philanthropy of our supporters who donate their money and/or time in order that we can achieve our aims to the greatest extent possible.
The support of our patrons helps us to foster new Australian choral music by commissioning local composers. It also helps us to promote the value of choral music (especially to remote communities and children) through an extensive performance and touring schedule that includes workshops and joint projects.
Our patrons support us through donations of money (tax deductible) and by providing us with voluntary assistance. This is a valuable boost to the funds that we raise ourselves through running sausage sizzles at Bunnings and through hiring out our choral services. In addition we work with our Partners with whom we have a mutually beneficial relationship.
The Leichhardt Espresso Chorus can use your donation to help us continue our programs, including
* music creation;
* regional tour program to support rural children and their families;
* artist-in-residence program to support promising Sydney children; and
* the annual formation of the Children’s choir as part of Carols on Norton.
Past donations were often associated with a fund-raising drive for a particular purpose. For example, during 2010 we raised $8,500 in donations to our "Keys to the future" fund-raiser (click here for details of the donors) . This allowed us to purchase the grand piano that we use for rehearsals and Sydney performances. An earlier opportunity allowed us to raise enough money to purchase our portable electric piano that has proved invaluable on many tours and at outdoor performances.
You can help by donating through our Annual Giving Program. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support!
Other patrons have assisted us by providing their time and expertise as volunteers. This has enabled us to undertake the many background tasks associated with producing, promoting and staging successful choral events - including graphic design work, leaflet drops, event management, roadie tasks, stage management, orchestra management, front-of-house tasks, and on it goes.
For example, Luke Robinson has regularly played percussion for us in rehearsals and performances for no fee, including transporting instruments to and from the venues. He has also contributed his professional event management expertise in many ways on many occasions.
Geoff Grove has operated as super-roadie and stage manager on gigs too numerous to mention. He has also provided free storage space for equipment, merchandise and other essential choir equipment (such as beverages).
The Lane Cove Community Men's Shed donated their time and carpentry skills in the construction of the very robust and essential choir risers that accompany us to every performance.