Celebrating MENTAL HEALTH WEEK during the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast at the Coolum Civic Centre, Jack Morgan Park, Coolum.
An afternoon of entertainment and Birthday Party for the Sunshine Coast. Including:
· The Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra after a tour of Italy
· Coolum HeARTs own “I’m Still Standing” choir and “Heartbeat Drummers” with Michael Barry – winner of the song for the 50th Anniversary competition
· SUNDAY AFTERNOON 8TH OCTOBER 1 – 5pm
Fantastic Success thanks to all our Volunteers
About 140 people joined performers, musicians and sound crew for a fun-filled night of music and boot stomping at our Aussie Country Dance last month which raised $3000 for our programs.
We appreciate the support of our sponsors – Gone Bonkers for hall rental, and Coolum Music Emporium who supplied and manned the sound system, along with Bruce Hamilton. All the local businesses generously supported the multi-raffle: join us to support them in return.
The night ran smoothly thanks to MC extraordinaire Yvonne Corstorphin. Our musicians, performers, line dance caller Carmel Hoppe and special guests Strangest Dreamers kept toes tapping, bodies sweating and feet sore.
Feedback has been unanimous that it was a successful and fun night, and we look forward to doing it again next year. A massive thank-you to everyone for your assistance and hard work, both in preparation and on the night.
When 12 Coolum friends met to celebrate a 65th birthday one night in 2013, they couldn’t imagine how far their idea would take off to provide free art classes for people living with significant challenges in their lives.
“The most amazing thing occurred that night after one friend talked about this idea,” Coolum HeARTs President Barb Holden said.
“Another member offered to pay for easels, another offered a donation of $1000 from his business and someone else offered the proceeds from an event. We had enough money to start, and so began the art classes in the front room of the Coolum Art Studio after 22 people responded to our initial advertisement.
“Thirteen people, with varied ways of life and challenges they were dealing with, attended that first art class in February 2014,” she said.
Within three months the group sought another art teacher as numbers continued to increase. The popularity of the art classes led to the creation of Coolum HeARTs, a not for profit organisation which provides free access to the arts for people who live with mental illness, depression and anxiety, physical and intellectual disability, domestic violence, the effects of alcohol and drug abuse and social isolation.
Coolum HeARTs has continued to expand, and offers singing through its I’m Still Standing choir and Heartbeats drumming group.
“We also recently started Tai Chi and meditation groups to provide a holistic approach to the overall wellbeing of our 41 participants and 25 dedicated volunteers who support our weekly groups,” Barb said.
“Through Coolum HeARTs we are delivering much needed services to our community, and have developed strong links to other local organisations to share resources for the benefit of everyone.
“With the growth of our programs we are now looking for a ‘home’ where we can run our groups from one central location,” she said.
For more information about Coolum HeARTs programs contact Barb Holden on 5446 3533.
Sixties and Seventies melody makers Timbre N Strings (formerly G-Strings) will present a morning of entertainment at the Coolum Beach Hotel on 12th October at 9.30am.
The local guitar enthusiasts have teamed up with the hotel to provide a social get together for local seniors in the region.
Members, who perform with the Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra, also practice together outside of the Orchestra and play 60s and 70s music as well as classical and Spanish.
Guitarist Clive Holden said the group partnered with Coolum Beach Hotel to support its commitment of local charities.
“Tony and Donna Murray are fantastic with their sponsorship of local community groups. Over the last couple of years, Coolum HeARTs has received about $2000 through Coolum Beach Hotel’s sponsorship card,” he said.
“Those funds support Coolum HeARTs’ programs which provide free access to the arts for people who live with mental illness, depression and anxiety, physical and intellectual disability, domestic violence, the effects of alcohol and drug abuse and social isolation.”
Guest artists from the Coolum Hearts programs will also participate in the Merry Melodies entertainment, including the Heartbeats drumming group and I’m Still Standing Choir, as well as a few surprise artists.
Merry Melodies - last one of the year
Date: 12th October, 2016
Time: 9.30am – 11am
Cost: $5. Includes morning tea
Part proceeds will support Coolum HeARTs’ community projects.
Sixteen Coolum HeARTs volunteers took charge of barbecue tools and served hungry customers at our fundraising sausage sizzle outside Bunnings Maroochydore on 6 April. The event raised more than $1000 which will be used towards our community programs. Thanks to everyone involved. We worked hard, and had a great day and lots of fun - an awesome job by everyone. A special thank you to Coolum Men’s Shed who provided the BBQ equipment, plus John and Vicki Ellingsen who funded the purchase of the sausages.
A HUGE thank you to Coolum Theatre Players who presented $1940 from its Trivia Night on 12 March. Twenty teams participated in this fun evening of trivia, which included a sneak peak from the upcoming show in May, The Addams Family. These are always a great night of musical entertainment, so please show your support for Coolum Theatre Players, another great local group.
Wow - what a surprise and an honour! Thanks to everyone for your wonderful support. Our members joined today's celebrations in Tickle Park and were on hand to share this award. Photos: Hari Kotrotsios
Today we celebrated the first birthday of our I'm Still Standing Choir. What a fabulous year it's been, with wonderful people, talented musical directors and lots of fun.
The experience can't get much better; our voices are blossoming and we love singing. Our beautiful Jo has been with us for the first two weeks and we look forward to our equally beautiful Yvonne next week. The celebrations included birthday songs for our members Gaye, Anika, Ros and Clive!