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Operatunity raises $11,000 for Sistema Aotearoa

Operatunity raises $11,000 for Sistema Aotearoa so far in 2017.

During their recent Waltz of My Heart tour, which featured Sistema Music Director Jessica Hindin, Operatunity patrons donated money and instruments to the Ōtara based Sistema Aotearoa. As of this week, concert-goers have donated $11,000 instrument and over 50 instruments which were languishing unused in cupboards and attics across the country.

Sistema Aotearoa’s Musical Director Jessica Hindin has been a regular fixture for Operatunity concerts; but these days her busy schedule means that she can only do one concert tour per year, and this January she toured Waltz of My Heart to 24 centres across New Zealand along with her tenor fiancé Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua.

“I only do one daytime concert tour a year so this is a nice contrast for me and it’s really fun touring with my partner and getting to spend time together”

Sistema Aotearoa focuses on children with the fewest resources and greatest need and engages with, and delivers across, diverse sectors within the Ōtara community. Having begun in 2011 with 95 students, in 2017 over 1100 young people between 2yrs- 14yrs will receive high quality musical instruction within a safe, and supportive atmosphere. The Sistema Aotearoa programme helps these young people develop aspiration, concentration, leadership skills, and confidence. The programme has proven impact on the parenting skills and involvement in their child’s education with young people more focussed on their learning and their parents more involved with supporting their child. Students score more highly in reading and mathematics after 2 years in the programme, than children not participating - and that advancement is maintained. In short – it gives the kids involved a kick-start in their lives.

'Assuring the sustainability of our work in Otara is of prime concern and knowing that we have the backing of people like your audience and organisations like Operatunity in the community is humbling and very encouraging. Without it we simply wouldn’t be able to offer these students this chance’ said Sistema Programme Manager Ros Giffney.

Those wishing to donate are encouraged to get in contact with the Operatunity office, or to talk to one of the performers at the upcoming Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters at Hamilton, Activate Church, 11 Bisley Road, Hamilton at 11am, on Mon 3rd Apr. If you wish to attend the concert, booking in advance is recommended call 0508 266 237

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