We need to fundraise to keep our choir running. The benefits are clear - help us to continue singing!
Porirua Sing Your Lungs Out community choir began in April 2016. It was founded by doctors Harry and Amanda McNaughton. The group come together weekly to sing, chat and share a morning tea.
Singing has been found to be very beneficial for all people, and with COPD or similar lung dieases singing can help participants to breathe more deeply, and more steadily. It is great exercise for the lungs!
As well as the singing, the social aspect of community choirs provide enormous benefits. Many people have difficulty socialising and keeping in touch with their community due to their lung disease - it can be very hard to walk and travel due to breathlessness. We currently have around 15-20 regular members, from many different parts of the pacific including Aotearoa, Samoa and Pitcairn Island.
The choir applies for funding throughout the year to continue running. The costs associated are hiring a room weekly, t-shirt and printing costs, paying a registered music therapist to run the groups and providing tea and biscuits to the members. To keep us going, we need to find other ways to fundraise, and we are hoping you will be able to help us!
More about us
PSYLO is a community choir, for people living with lung disease such as COPD and Emphysema. Singing encourages breathing more deeply and steadily, as well as assisting with movement of of mucus. It is a wonderful place for people to socialise as this can be limited due to lung issues.