THE BLACK Saturday bushfires in 2009 tore through communities and left behind mass destruction.
The catastrophe left people homeless — their livelihoods destroyed.
It would take a mammoth effort to get all the communities impacted back on their feet.
This is why events like The Big Sing in Mia Mia are so important for smaller towns.
The Souffle Sisters choir adopted the Mia Mia Rural Fire Brigade back in 2009, and performed a concert in Melbourne to raise funds to help the brigade buy a new tanker.
Since then, the Mia Mia singalong has become an annual event and now in its tenth year continues to raise much-needed funds for the brigade.
The 2018 Big Sing will once again feature the Souffle Sisters, as well as another Melbourne choir, the Homebrew Verandah Singers.
Bendigo-based Women of Note will also perform and an exciting new addition to the line-up will be the Rare Child duo.
The all-male Homebrew Singers describe themselves as “a bunch of blokes who enjoy getting together to share the pleasure and power of combining their male voices in song”.
The Souffle Sisters are a full female choir, while the Rare Child duo is a folk act.
There truly will be music for everyone.
‘‘We love coming back to see our friends in Mia Mia and make great music with singers from different choirs,” said Paula Curotte, who was instrumental in getting the Big Sing off the ground.
“Everybody can sing, we include some audience participation. The power of good music and good food shared is transformative.
“Choirs love an opportunity to perform; the beautiful wood-panelled Mia Mia Hall with its lovely acoustics is a perfect performance venue.”
Anthony Ryan, president of the Mia Mia Mechanics’ Institute, a long-term Mia Mia Fire Brigade member and past captain, hopes that many locals will attend the event.
‘‘Come along and enjoy the harmony and the humour of these wonderful singers,’’ he said.
‘‘They are versatile musicians and the program includes songs from many sources. It’s wonderful to sit in the hall and listen to such beautiful voices.’’
Bookings are necessary, at trybooking.com/VEZQ.
A $30 ticket will get you lunch, the performance and afternoon tea, while a $20 ticket will get you into the performance and afternoon tea.
The Big Sing is on Saturday, June 16 from midday until 4.30pm.