Coral Brown and Delphine Charles (front) with fellow singers Sue Johnson, Pearl Daylight, Norma Green, Naomi Connors, Ena McIntosh, Desley Dennison and Sadie Joe.
Coral Brown and Delphine Charles (front) with fellow singers Sue Johnson, Pearl Daylight, Norma Green, Naomi Connors, Ena McIntosh, Desley Dennison and Sadie Joe. Emma Channon

Warwick singers perform in Uganda

UNTIL last year, the only place Delphine Charles would sing was in the shower at home.

Now, not only is she a member of the Australian-wide Kwaya Choir, as well as Warwick’s Indigenous Choir; in a month’s time, she will perform in Uganda in front of an audience of thousands, including the King.

Ms Charles, along with fellow Warwick singer Coral Brown, will leave Australian shores on September 17 – it will also mark her first time in a plane – to begin their 12-day tour of the African country.

Aside from the joy of singing, Ms Charles and Ms Brown said they joined the choir to see what effects it would have on their lifestyles.

“It does help – when you’re feeling down and you put on a song or sing a song, it helps you feel better,” Ms Charles said.

Ms Brown said it particularly helped with “healing the community”.

When the pair arrive in Uganda, they will help build a new manual arts workshop at a local school. They will also perform to thousands of orphans and needy children, to help bring music into their lives.

While money has already been raised to cover the singers’ flights, including $250 from Warwick Credit Union and $500 from Rotary, more is needed to see them off on their trip.

This weekend, members of the Warwick choir will host a garage sale and sausage sizzle to help reach their tally. On Saturday, August 27, they will also put on a concert.

The garage sale will be held at 15 Freestone Rd, from 8am-12pm.

As well as the usual DVDs, furniture and a Persian rug, there will be a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation. Anyone who would like to donate items would be most welcome.

Inquiries to Coral on 0403 424 997.



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