BRISBANE’S thriving choir helping isolated elderly has received the 2014 Catholic Social Services Australia Award for Excellence in Service by an Organisation.
More than 60 choristers make up Vintage Voices Choir, a ministry of Centacare Community Services Brisbane.
Vintage Voices Choir has entertainment at various arts and cultural events in Brisbane for the past four years.
The now award-winning choir is under the direction of conductor Dr Debra Shearer Dirié.
The choir received the award at the 12th Annual Catholic Social Services Australia Awards on October 21 at Parliament House, Canberra.
Senators and Members of Federal Parliaments were present at the Awards.
Catholic Social Services Australia judges believed the choir provided “significant benefits for the mental health and wellbeing of participants”.
The judges awarded the choir for its ability to “reach out to many isolated elderly people in the community”.
“It is well established and reaches out to many isolated elderly people in the community,” the judges said.
“After all we are an ageing population and this program recognises that and responds creatively to embrace ageing in a positive way, recognising the contribution that our elders make to the whole community.”