Award-winning women’s chorus group, the Coastal a Cappella, has hit the high note after taking out the March round of Greater Bank’s #GreaterCentralCoast community funding program.
The local music sensations are thrilled to have received the $2000 grant for winning this month’s public vote. With runners-up, Noraville Scouts Association and Wyong Women's Shed both taking out $500.
Established 29 years ago, Coastal a Capella consists of 48 female members ranging from 18 to 74 years of age. The singers from all over the Central Coast meet weekly on a Tuesday night to rehearse at The Elderslee Foundation Red Tree Theatre in Tuggerah.
The funding will be used to purchase new costumes for the group in the lead up to their performance at a National chorus competition in Adelaide next year.
Coastal a Cappella Events and Grants Coordinator, Jennie Harrison, said the group were shocked to hear the news that they had taken out the public vote.
“The funding is only one part of the benefit we received from this program. On top of that, it has been a fantastic bonding experience for the group. We rallied hard to get our vote count up and had a lot of fun in the process.”
Jennie Harrison, Coastal a Cappella Events and Grants Coordinator
“Maintaining momentum through Covid was very hard for our group, but we are thrilled to be getting back to a sense of normality with rehearsals and to have the prospect of competitions on the horizon once again.
“We are all looking forward to performing in Adelaide next year and have Greater Bank to thank for the new costumes we plan to wear on stage.”
Greater Bank’s Central Coast Regional Sales Manager, Josh Swetnam, said he was delighted to see the #GreaterCentralCoast program support a small group that offers an outlet for the region’s female musical talent.
“It is great to see our funding helping community groups that offer a fun and social way for people to enjoy and perfect their passion,” said Josh.
“The women perform at a number of charity events across the Coast throughout the year and spread joy through their musical talents. We look forward to hearing how the group goes up against the competition in Adelaide next year” Josh said.
“Greater Bank services many customers in this demographic so it’s great that through this program we can expand our support to these people beyond their banking experience.”
The #GreaterCentralCoast program continues in April with Wyong District Museum and Historical Society, Central Coast Animal Care Facility and CC365 Central Coast all year round being nominated for funding.
The public can cast their vote online at greater.com.au/greatercentralcoast or by visiting a Greater Bank branch. Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday, 28 April 2021.