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About 100 people defied rain clouds with Christmas cheer at Carols in West Park in December to raise money and collect food for the needy.
The inaugural carols went ahead on 3 December despite the dark clouds, after rain postponed the event the weekend before.
Rain throughout the day threatened to again postpone the carols, according to organiser Jules Gower.
“It was touch and go right until the beginning,” she said.
“But we held our nerve and went ahead. We didn’t get a drop of rain after 5pm for 90 minutes.”
Revellers raised about $400 for charity OneCare Geelong and donated several wheelie bins of non-perishable food for Christmas hampers, Jules said.
The OneCare Choir made its onstage debut after after six weeks of practice under the tutelage of singer Laura Vander Noord.
“She’s brought them together to create this choir especially for this event,” Jules said.
Jules was thrilled to see the choir perform and the singers “involved in the community”.
“This is the first time they’ve all performed in public and they’re looking forward to getting involved next year,” she said.
She enjoyed the family atmosphere at the at the first-time carols.
“It was really relaxed and fun,” she said. “We had Raymond the Ram roaming around giving out candy canes.”
Geelong West Neighbourhood House joined with St John’s Lutheran School and Hodges Real Estate to create the first-time event.
Jules estimated 100-plus people attended Carols in West Park and hoped the event would return bigger and better next year.
“It was our way to give back to the community at Christmas by hosting something on the doorstep of Geelong West,” she said.
The carols featured performances by local harpist Peter Roberts, the St John’s School Choir, The Acabellas, and mother and daughter singers Rebecca and Eva Hay.

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