Jamming for genetic research
The annual Whyalla Jamm for Genes may just seem like a great idea to develop young talent in a regional town, but it is also about encouraging kids to contribute to the wider community through fundraising.
The annual talent quest-style event has been organised by Alison Hams and Mark Tempany from Stormfront Productions since 2007. In that time it has raised $7000 for Children’s Medical Research Institute and last month they brought in another $850.
Alison said as music teachers they have worked with many children that have special needs, ranging from autism to those with sight impairment, which gave them the idea of creating their own unique Jeans for Genes event.
“We always strive to be inclusive of everyone, and to ensure all the kids we teach and direct appreciate and support all their fellow performers,’’ she said. "We love music and the positive effect it has on the kids who perform. Raising funds and awareness for the Jeans for Genes cause teaches everyone about the needs of others, and the need to use your own abilities to help other people and make the world a better place."
Mark said the event also provided an opportunity for the kids to see their place in the wider community, and how they can help others.
"Everyone who attends our Jamm on and off-stage has great fun, and hopefully walks away inspired to be the best they can be,’’ he said. “We think that being a better citizen means giving where you can - not taking - and if we instil these principles in our students we can all look forward to a bright future!
"Being based in a regional area - especially one that's been through such a dire economic situation is - it's especially important to show kids that the world is a much bigger place than they realise, and that they can have a positive effect on the wider community!"