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Jessie

“My name is Jessie. I was a member of With One Voice Brisbane for several years. The reason that I switched choirs is not related to an issue with Cath or the choir itself. It was simply because I moved into a new home and decided to join a local choir to get to know people in my new area and cut down on travel time. Being with WOVB gave me the courage to do so!

WOVB was a wonderful and enriching experience for me. I was one of the Forgotten Australian contingents of WOVB members recruited by Cath through Lotus Place, which is a drop-in center run by Micah Projects to provide support and a community to people who had grown up in government/church care in their childhoods.

I am so glad Cath took the time to reach out to us. Cath, Jay and the choir members were so supportive and understanding when we first tried to join the choir at the weekly rehearsals. Their kindness helped our small group of Forgotten Australians to overcome our fear and a number of us joined the choir. All of us who became involved in the choir grew from the experience. The choir allowed me to feel safe again. I was feeling included and found a place where I belonged. Prior to that, my home (and sometimes Lotus Place) was the only place I felt safe in the world.

I was scared and distrustful at first but Cath’s kindness and bubbly personality were like a salve to a damaged and dying soul. She made rehearsals fun, welcoming and very, very, safe. I went on to sing with the choir at all sorts of truly memorable events, including coming down to Melbourne to sing at a concert in City Hall! I was able to start developing some confidence in myself and to feel like I might have some value. It was truly transformative.

I was no longer the unwanted child. I was no longer the sad and lonely teenager singing to her beloved pigs around the pig pens on the isolated rural farm. I was no longer the mother on the run with her children fearing for her life. I was A SINGER!!! Singing with a real choir. Singing with such greats as John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, and Isaiah.

I was SOMEBODY! A real human being with a place in the world. A voice. A right to take up space. A right to say, ‘NO!’, ‘ENOUGH!’ and ‘I MATTER TOO!’. It gave me the courage to laugh, grow and come alive again. Now, Cath and her clan are performing the same transformation and magic on my brother Paul – whom I also talked into joining the choir. Thank you so much for With One Voice Brisbane and for your funding of community choirs throughout Australia! The work you are doing is saving lives. Including mine.”

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