Jazz for a cause

Ebenezer Church
Ebenezer Church

The Twilight Jazz evening at Australia’s oldest church, Ebenezer Church, this Sunday will help transform lives of villagers in the one of the world’s poorest nations, West Papua.

Castle Hill RSL Friday Night Live Big Band will be setting the tone at the muchanticipated event on the banks of the beautiful Hawkesbury River on Sunday, October 13, starting at 4pm.

The Jazz Men – Paul Thomson and Tom Carter will also play.

While some of the money raised will go towards continued efforts by the Uniting Church to help drought-effected communities, donations will also help provide clean drinking water via West Papuan Development Company (WPDC) a registered Australian charity run by volunteers.

WPDC works with LEMAK (Water of Life Organisation) based in West Papua and in the past seven years, has raised enough funds to build 30 wells to provide clean water in remote indigenous villages.

Fundraiser and WPDC director Rebecca Andrews said 100 per cent of all funds given and raised to WPDC was spent on providing wells.

Jazz at Ebeneezer wells for West Papua

Her sister, a former Pitt Town Uniting Church Member, Shelley Houghton worked with Uniting World in West Papua.

“When she was leaving she asked how she could help,” said Rebecca. “We thought we can help by providing clean water.”

“Babies are dying because they don’t have clean drinking water and children are not going to school because they spend all day carting water. The first thing we held was a cake stall,” said Rebecca.

This will be the fifth jazz evening the group has held with the support of Uniting Churches across the area.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate. School students free. Bring Chairs and rugs and picnic. A BBQ, soft drinks and other goodies will be available at the event.

To book ahead call Rebecca on 0439 309 303. Ebenezer Church, built in 1809, is at 95, Coromandel Rd, Ebenezer.

For details about the work being done in West Papua, visit www.wpdc.org.au