BTR Performing Arts Academy has partnered with Make-A-Wish Australia on a mission to help sick children and their families.
Academy director Amanda Roche said helping to grant the wishes of children who were facing health challenges was something that was very close to the company's heart.
“Before deciding to partner with Make-A-Wish Australia we were already fundraising,” she said.
“During this time we were able to help three families and what started with a special performance of the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' theme song led to us being able to send a family in need to see a performance of Aladdin.”
BTR is a locally owned performing arts academy, teaching music to children of all ages.
Amanda said after finding out more about what the Make A Wish Foundation had achieved, she realised a partnership with the charity would be the perfect opportunity to bolster BTR’s fundraising endeavours.
“It was at an event that I attended that I experienced the full power of what Make-A-Wish could do for children and their families and I learnt about how and why this foundation was created in the first place,” she said.
“It is something that I personally felt very passionate about and connected with.
“I then took the idea to the BTR Team and they were on board with this partnership too.”
Make-A- wish Australia creates life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
They’ve made unicorns fly, sent kids to the moon and together with their #WishForce, they’re on a mission to grant a wish for every eligible child.
As part of their new partnership with Make-A-Wish, Amanda said BTR had organised four fundraising concerts at Oodies Cafe.
“The first event was held on Sunday, 21 March and was a great success,” she said.
“This was also the last day that Oodies was in their current premise before they move to their new premise.”
Amanda said the concerts would be based around Believe (beginner students), Transform (intermediate students) Rise (advanced students) and a Christmas Concert that is open to all students at BTR to perform at.
“The idea is to raise money for MAW through selling tickets for the event and through a raffle at each event,” she said.
“Our first event for the year raised $213 and we are hoping to raise $1000 before Christmas.
“We hope to announce who we have granted a wish to at the Christmas Concert.”
Concert dates for Make-A-Wish Fundraiser are:
- Sunday, 20 June – Transform
- Sunday, 8 August – Rise
- Sunday, 28 November – Christmas Concert
Tickets are $5 with 50 per cent of the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Australia.
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