By Michael Doran
The Healesville Community Carols are on Saturday 22 December and are the place to be for anyone who wants to add their voice to the music.
Liberty Family Church Pastor, Joel Hawting said that the organising committee has listened to community feedback concerning audience participation.
“This year we are really focusing on sing-along carols with the music being performed by professional musicians,” he said. “It’s something we have done in the past and feedback told us that people wanted to have more community involvement.”
The night will start with Santa’s arrival on the local CFA fire truck around 5.30pm. He will then be available to have a photo and a chat with young and old alike.
At 6.30pm the carols will start and in keeping with the community spirit of the event a number of local artists will be featured. “We want to celebrate the rich local art scene,” Pastor Hawting said.
The headline act will be Levi McGrath, an experienced artist who aims to motivate and inspire a new generation of people to stand up and make a difference.
Levi lives in Healesville and apart from his musical talents he is deeply committed to his community work. He has worked on projects with indigenous musicians in outback Australia, homeless street kids in Ethiopia and with former child soldiers in Uganda.
At the same time as Santa arrives a range of food stalls will come to life, serving up wood fired pizzas, bbq sausages, poffertjes, ice-creams, barista coffee and soft drinks. This is an alcohol free event.
Liberty Family Church have put out a call for volunteers to help with parking, behind the scenes tasks, selling glow sticks for donations and for photography. Please contact the church on 5962 2206 if you would like to be a part of keeping this annual event alive.