Songs will help orphans

 Songs for Nam organiser Meg O’Brien, Trinity College teacher Jon Hubbard, Songs for Nam host Sam Barrow and performers Emily Marsh and Rebecca Brown.

Songs for Nam organiser Meg O’Brien, Trinity College teacher Jon Hubbard, Songs for Nam host Sam Barrow and performers Emily Marsh and Rebecca Brown.

COLAC and district musicians and artists are banding together this week to raise money for orphans in Vietnam.

More than 10 budding and established musicians will perform at Songs for Nam at Cororooke’s Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery on Friday.

Trinity College teachers Jon and Alda Hubbard’s trip to orphanages in Vietnam last year inspired student Meg O’Brien to organise the inaugural Songs for Nam, which raised $2100.

Mr Hubbard said all concert proceeds went to orphanages of the Sister of the Miraculous Medals at Kon Tum, central Vietnam.

He and his wife travelled to the six orphanages to decide how to spend the money.

“Once you went to them all, we realised they all needed so much,” he said.

Mr Hubbard said the proceeds bought books, pencils, rubbers, Vietnamese-English language posters, pushbikes, 16 bags of flour, balls and blankets.

“It’s so good to go over there and help kids,” he said.

“Aldy and I just go and play games with them and they have no idea what we’re saying but they pick it up unbelievably.”

The Hubbards plan to return to Vietnam next year.

“We’ll either put the money in a bank account and build it up for next year, or there’s a nurse we worked with over there – she’s from Melbourne and she’s sourced 250,000 birthing kits over there,” Mr Hubbard said.

“She spends every December over there. The money could go to help her cause,” he said.

Performers volunteering at Songs for Nam include The Vasco Era’s Ted O’Neil, The Fire Alive’s Josh Rigg and Travis Lineen, Apollo Bay’s Dylan Johnson, Tyler Lunn, Edward Gunning, Bridie O’Sullivan, Tom McGuane, Zoe Tehan and Tye Meesen.

Miss O’Brien said the concert was a chance to showcase Colac and district talent.

“We’ve got heaps of local artists from young students to established musicians,” she said.

“It’s open to anyone in the community to see what the youth has to offer – there are so many talented musicians that just don’t get the opportunity.”

Four Colac district artworks will go under the hammer at the concert, with proceeds also going towards the orphans.

People can buy tickets at Trinity College or by sending Miss O’Brien a message on Facebook.

 

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