Chris’ daughter Kate loves to sing. She’s done workshops and music camps, works with a singing coach and she was recently selected to be part of the Talent Advancement Program (TAP), a program for kids with musical talent aged 13 to 18. The 23 kids selected to be part of TAP get to learn and grow by actually performing in front of people. They recently performed at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and yesterday Kate did a solo gig for some seniors.
16 kids from TAP were chosen to take part in a cultural exchange to Japan later this year. Our local city, Bankstown, has a sister city arrangement with Suita, a city just outside Osaka. The kids will be going over in October, performing in local schools in Suita and living with a host family for 5 days. They also get to travel on the Bullet Train, see a bit more of Japan, and even perform at Tokyo Disneyland. It will be quite the experience for a 13 year old girl! The things she will see and experience on this trip will be amazing. and unforgettable.
Of course, it comes at a cost. Despite the fact that the TAP program subsidises part of the airfare, there is still a significant cost involved in going. To help out, the TAP kids were encouraged to come up with ways of doing some fundraising to help contribute to the costs of the trip.
So Kate had an idea (and Dad provided technical support). She collected a bunch of videos of her singing and put them together on a website as a sort of “virtual busking” site. The videos were added to YouTube and embedded in the site so that viewers can watch, and a “tipjar” connected to Paypal in case anyone wants to make a donation to her trip.
We’re very proud of her, not just for being part of a group like TAP, but also for her initiative in wanting to find an innovative way to raise some money to cover this cost. She’s telling family and friends about it, but I said I’d also try to help spread the word about it via Twitter and the blogosphere. I hope you take a moment to check it out, leave an encouraging comment on the discussion tabs, and possibly even drop a small donation in her tip jar. I know she would appreciate it greatly.
The site is at www.katebetcher.com