Music matters: BlueScope Youth Orchestra manager Tanya Phillips has organised a fundraiser to build a school in the Nepalese home of Pawan Bhatta. Picture: Georgia Matts
This Sunday, musicians will be banding together to help rebuild Nepal.
In April this year, Nepal was hit by an earthquake and the rebuilding process continues.
Pawan Bhatta, who works at the Wollongong Conservatorium and has family in Nepal, has already raised $16,000 too help rebuild a school in the village of Ghalang.
Friend Tanya Phillips, manager of the BlueScope Youth Orchestra, asked Mr Bhatta if further help was needed.
“He saidthere was was goingto be an ongoingneed,” Ms Phillips said.
“So I went to the orchestra students, told them what had happenedand thatthe school urgentlyneeded money.
“I askedthem if I organiseda concert would they give up their time to do this. They all said yes.”
Ms Phillips said there was something personal about helping rebuild the school because she knew exactly wherethe funds raised would be spent.
“It’snot oftenwe get to do somethingthat has a tangibledifference,” she said.
“We oftenhandover money for charitiesbut we have no idea where it goes or if it’s doing exactlywhat you want it to do – but in this case, it is.”
Ms Phillips said the funds raised from Sunday afternoon’s concert at St Mary Star of the Sea Collegewill be used to build classrooms forkindergarten and Years 1,2 and3 students at the Rastirya Madhyamik Bidyalala, or National Secondary School.
The money will also go towards building alibrary and computer room for the school.
Ms Phillips said the money will go directly to the school, and not be distributed via government or any middle man –which means all the funds will be used for the school reconstruction.
Ms Phillips said funds will be raised through the ticket prices.
“One hundred per centof the ticket price goes to the fund,” she said.
“One hundred percent of the money that’s raised will be going to Nepal.
“There will benomoney taken out for anythingat all.”
Ms Phillips saidSt Mary Star of the Sea is donating the use of the hall and everyone working on the concert is doing so free of charge.
The BlueScope Youth Orchestra will perform Hungarian dances byBrahms, ABBA’s Money Money Money and the Dr Who theme among others.
There is also word that a surprise encore could be on the card as well.
The Fundraiser for Nepal is on at St Mary Star of the Sea College, 2pm on Sunday, November 29.
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