Students Could Not Remain Silent


Benefit Concert to Support ACRATH

Students from Genazzano FCJ College in Kew, Melbourne, put their talents on show recently to help raise money for ACRATH. Several members of ACRATH were among the audience at the recent 7th Annual ACRATH Benefit Concert held at the College. A welcome by Ms Karen Jebb, Principal of the College, followed by an acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land, and a prayer for trafficked people, written by one of the students, set the tone for the evening.

The spontaneity of the students, their talented and varied performances, and their commitment to ACRATH’s cause was inspiring.  The program featured a performance by the Soul Band with the song ‘Stop in the Name of Love’. There were other vocal and instrumental items, including an original vocal composition sung by two of the students.  Three students (sisters) amazed the audience with their Irish dancing, a musical item of song and ballet was breathtaking, a combined student and staff item based on the TV show, ‘Have you been paying attention?’ brought many laughs, and a magician with her professional approach took everyone by surprise!

The student organisers of the evening had contacted local organizations for prizes for a silent auction at intermission. At the conclusion of the concert, Claire Griffin csb, coordinator ACRATH Victoria, thanked Ms Jebb, for hosting the evening, and expressed her gratitude to the staff, the performers and all who made the evening such a wonderful success.  She concluded with the words of Victor Hugo:  “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

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