June Perry (left) and Fran Legge from the Ballina Women’s Christian Choir  with Karl Greig, sous chef at The Point.
June Perry (left) and Fran Legge from the Ballina Women’s Christian Choir with Karl Greig, sous chef at The Point. CATHY ADAMS

Choir singing for suppers of Ballina homeless

THIS Christmas Fran Legge and the Ballina Women’s Christian Choir will be singing for the supper of Ballina’s homeless.

Last year, the group was asked by the owner of The Point Restaurant in Ballina, Steven Shawl, to perform at the venue on Christmas day.

The group were happy to sing, but when Mr Shawl offered them money for their services, they refused it.

“We don’t sing for money,” Mrs Legge said.

“We are a Christian group.”

So a deal was struck. In return for the choir singing, the restaurant would provide a free Christmas lunch for the residents of Hope Haven women’s and children’s refuge and the Sheraton Men’s Hostel.

Mrs Legge said they chose the refuge and shelter because Christmas was a tough time for the homeless.

“There but for the grace of God go I,” Mrs Legge said.

This will be the choir’s second year at the restaurant, where they will perform during the exclusive Christmas lunch. On the song list is a mix of traditional and non-traditional songs.

“All the songs will deal with the birth of Christ,” Mrs Legge said.


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