Here is a snapshot of our 2019 recipients.
Musica Viva Australia facilitated music workshops for more than 500 primary school students, teachers and parents from regional Queensland. Primary school students enjoyed the opportunity to discover a range of music instruments and learn basic music skills, while teachers received access to tailored professional development.
All sessions were delivered by highly respected music educator and composer Nicole Murphy. The program empowered participants and built sustainable music education in schools that otherwise have little access to live music.
NAIDOC 2019 - Moranbah State High School
The spirit of NAIDOC Week inspired a 'deadly' student expo of Indigenous culture at Moranbah State High School. There were games, dance, arts, songs and a traditional kup murri, with a little help from Arrow’s Indigenous apprentices, Thomas Waria and Patrick Hayden – a former MSHS student.
Condamine Bell Gymkhana Family Fun Day
Sixty young Western Downs riders participated in the annual Condamine Bell Gymkhana and Family Fun Day. Through the Brighter Futures program, the Gymkhana received support to provide first aid services.
The Outback Fella - Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races
Local ‘Outback Fella’ Josh Arnold worked with students from The Gums, Hannaford, Moonie, Glenmorgan and Condamine state schools to create an original song about the Tara Festival for a global audience: ‘Tara Festival - Hey Ya, Hey Ya’.
Jandowae Kindergarten - sensory garden
The Jandowae Kindergarten created an amazing sensory garden, funded by Arrow’s Brighter Futures Community Program. Twenty-five different species were planted by eager little gardeners, learning about the distinctive smells, consistencies and needs of the plants. The children's favourite was lamb’s-ear because, as the young judges put it: “It feels so soft and smells like a pineapple and strawberries mixed together”.
KAOS (Kids Art On Show)
The arts show, organised by the Dalby Day Nursery and Preschool Association, exhibited children’s artwork in Dalby's Gallery 107. More than 120 pieces were shown, each the individual artwork of one child. As a highlight, the children had an excursion to ride on a bus and visit the gallery, and attended the gala opening night, a major fundraising event with Tim Sharpe, the Laser Beak Man.
Western Downs Winds
The Western Downs Winds, also known as Dalby and District Silver Band, has been around for 50 years providing entertainment at local events. With new members and different instrumentation, the band needed to update its music and provide the community with an appropriate music choice for Australia Day, the Anzac Day parade and service, Christmas street parade and Carols by Candlelight. Other events include a fundraising concert and trivia night with PCYC. Arrow’s Brighter Futures grant was split between music for Australia and Anzac Day, Christmas music, and the setup of the trivia fundraising concert by helping PCYC cover costs of hall hire and other small expenses.