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Launch of Scarlet’s Fund at Cranlana on 15 November 2014


It was a great night at Cranlana – thanks everyone for supporting the event.

Supporting In My Kingdom and Bor Orphanage

Scarlet’s Fund has contributed to this exciting new publication and our friends at BOCEP posted this on their FaceBook page:
It is with great excitement that we announce the upcoming release of our second book titled ‘In My Kingdom’, which follows on from ‘Donkeys Can’t Fly On Planes’.

‘In My Kingdom’, is a collection of stories told with clarity and integrity, as viewed from the frontline. The tales encompass the trials and tribulations of contemporary Africa: the famines and poverty, the impact of war, the pain of loss and displacement. They include accounts of epic treks to a new life, and of years endured in refugee camps. Yet in its colour and scope, and its vibrant presentation, it is infused with a sense of hope and celebration.
There are tales of loyalty, hard work, and tales that evoke the enticing waters of the Nile River, stories of transformation and adaptation to new lives, and of profound ‘nostalgia': literally, the pain of longing for the return.

We thank the amazing team at Kids’ Own Publishing who continue to empower children, families and communities from diverse cultural, social and linguistic backgrounds to share their stories. Victoria, Anna, Ailsa, Sarah, Sara and team you are all wonderful!

Books should be available for sale in the next couple of weeks and at $20 would make a great Christmas gift.


Scarlet’s Prize winners!

Scarlet's Prize winners!

Scarlet’s Prize provides an opportunity for local young musicians to play their music in public. The winners after two heats of six bands was the five piece Limited Express!
They will perform at Music from the Wetlands and receive two hours of recording studio time! All the six bands were great but Limited Express took the prize with their infectious and savvy set of covers.

Line-up for “20 Songs for Scarlet…because…” announced!

because invite


Saturday 16 November ….  doors 6pm….. starts at 7pm

The big marquee, The Alphington Wetlands, 1 View Street, Alphington, 3078.

An informal evening of music and stories to celebrate Scarlet’s love of music and to raise awareness of Scarlet’s Fund.

We have a wonderful MC in Josh Earl … and music featuring… The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, Andrea Keller, Bigmouth choir, The Parkside Music Experiment, Jeremy Woolhouse, Leah Senior, Aaron Silver, Oli Dear, Cam Lopez, Sienna Thornton, Georgia Spain …..and more….

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Hope to see you there!

Supporting a volunteer for Performers Without Borders…

We’ve made a small contribution of $88 to a young man raising funds to go to Nicaragua with UK charity Performers Without Borders.  “Without fundraising I will not be able to afford this trip. The money raised here and through cash donations at events will pay for my travel, accommodation, and food. Any extra money raised will simply help to make PWB’s projects more effective!”

See more here:

Twenty songs for Scarlet … because…


a music concert…

Saturday 16 November, Alphington Wetlands, 1 View Street, Alphington, Victoria 3078

Come one, come all!

An informal evening of music and stories to remember and celebrate Scarlet’s love

of music and raise some awareness for Scarlet’s Fund.

Gate opens at 6 and sound will start floating around at about 7.

Dancing and music making as the night grows old is not required but encouraged if so

desired hopefully around a bonfire (weather permitting).

Oh and bring a picnic supper to share/byo booze.

We shall have some collection buckets for the fund on the night so bring some spare cash…

Please email us if you are planning to come…

Support for new publication “Donkeys Can’t Fly on Planes: Stories of Survival by South Sudanese refugee children”


Scarlet’s Fund has provided some support for the wonderful “Donkeys Can’t Fly on Planes” publication and initiative. You can find out about the project at and you can buy a copy of the book at

More on the Big Sing in the Desert…



Here are some words from Rachel Hore, organiser and workshop leader of the Big Sing in the Desert.

Big Sing in the Desert was held from Thurs 6th to Sun 9th June, 2013 at Ross River Homestead, about 80 km from Alice Springs. In attendance were 77 non-Indigenous participants from every state across Australia and 55+ Aboriginal people from 6 remote communities. After sharing a meal together, an evening program of singing tuition was led by tutors Rachel Hore and Morris Stuart, followed by informal time or an early night.
It is now the third time 
Big Sing in the Desert has been held (2010, 2012, 2013) and already there has been a steady progression in the confidence and level of cross cultural sharing between all participants at the event, especially the remote groups. For example, a group of 3 young women from Laramba joined us in 2012. This year they brought back an additional 6 others, participated much more in the tuition, sang at the concert and occupied their place around the campfire (rather than spending a lot of time in their room). They have been attending choir rehearsals in their community every Monday night over the past year, since attending Big Sing in the Desert in 2012. Last year, a leader from Ntaria was confident enough toshare conducting a round late on day two of the program: this year she did so on the first night. “

and here is a link to some wonderful photos of the event. Scarlet’s Fund is delighted and honoured to have been able to support two young indigenous women to travel to attend this event.

The Big Sing in the desert


This month Scarlet’s fund supported two young indigenous women to participate in The Big Sing at Ross River in NT. This annual event brings together singers from across the country for a weekend of workshops with Rachel Hore and Morris Stuart.

Workshop at The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Melbourne

Scarlet’s story supported a one day workshop of creating books and making music at The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. Families came and participated in telling their own story and making a book to share. Some beautiful books were created with the help of Kids’ Own Publishing, a lovely lunch was made and shared and songs were sung.



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