The weekend is fast approaching and that only means one thing…the 2019 edition of our Charity Music Festival is happening tomorrow!
If you are still looking for the right tunes to get you going this weekend, come join us tomorrow. There will be a whole range of local and international bands bringing the LETS Livehouse to life.
As promised last week, here’s the full event schedule as well as some extra information on the bands that will be joining us.
Jenny Band | 珍妮乐队
Hipshot will be joined by other newcomers: the Jenny Band. This amazing group composed of five girls from Guangdong will be presenting a fun combination between the rock music we all love and the more innovative JPOP! Come along if you want to have a completely new music experience and delve into the world of Rock JPOP!
Hipshot和The High Rollers将与其他新人加入：珍妮乐队。由来自广东的五个女孩组成的这个令人惊叹的团队将为我们提供大家都喜欢的摇滚音乐和更具创新性的JPOP之间的有趣组合！如果您想拥有全新的音乐体验并深入研究日本流行音乐的世界，那就来吧！
The Jenny Band was created in October 2015. After the band was formed, with the combined efforts of the five female members, they were able to obtain the outstanding originality award. Their genre covers Powerpop, Emo etc.
Vocal | 阿尤
Keyboard | 小雪
Guitar | 萤
Bass | 小狠
Drums | 阿七
Queen’s Garden 皇后花园
Queen’s Garden’s music is a combination of their own original music and more traditional songs. Using their instruments, they help each other to create an extremely clever atmosphere.
PAUL – Guitar, Music Compositions, Production@QueensGarden | 吉他手， 作曲， 编曲， 音乐制作
MING – Bass, Music Compositions@QueensGarden | 低音吉他手， 编曲
GAEONN – Drum, Percussion, Music Compositions@QueensGarden | 鼓手，打击乐，编曲
JUNNY – Guitar, Music Compositions, Production, Music sampling, keyboard@QueensGarden | 吉他手， 作曲， 采样， 键盘， 编曲
Hipshot – bringing a taste of Quebec to Zhuhai |Hipshot-为珠海带来魁北克风味
The fantastic band Hipshot will be joining us this year all the way from Canada. They will be filling our Zhuhai venue with a taste of Quebec! Hipshot recently won the ENVOL Battle of the Bands contest and wib a sponsorship to travel to China and play at Come Together!
Here’s what we know about them:
In 2018, four long time friends in the Quebec City punkrock scene wanted to do something different from their day-to-day projects. Whilst making the band, the group shared one thing: their love for grunge music. Driven by their intense hyperactivity and the will to push boundaries, Hipshot was born.
Hipshot is a sweet mix of grunge, stoner and pure punk energy, hence the Caramel-Grunge sub-style they like to give to their songs. The thickness of the riffs, combined with the ambiance and abrasive punkrock vocals brings something unique to the music landscape.
Members of Hipshot came from extensive touring bands and have been on the scene for decades. No wonder they set the stage on fire in each and every city.
Their debut self-titled EP came out in February of 2019 and contains four songs. The first single « Straight Into » was released two weeks before the rest of the songs along with a music video (Directed by hipshot’s guitar player Alex Charron) acting as a first digital impression for the band. The EP and video are distributed independantly and available on all streaming platforms.
Hipshot is currently working on new material that will be available in the fall of 2019.
Come join us tomorrow at the LETS Livehouse for the Music Festival of the year! Join the Come Together Community in having fun and raising money for those who truly need it in our community, for we are one community.
The month of December marks a very busy time at the Come Together Community. With the 8th edition of the Come Together Charity Music Festival less than one week away, the CTC team is focusing not only on the last arrangements for the big day but it is also organising charity and home visits to see the results of CTC’s funding throughout the year. On Saturday 23 November, three CTC board members , Mark, Sunny, Andy, the executive committee member Alex, and their interns joined Teacher Li on three home visits around the Pingsha area in Zhuhai. Every year, the CTC donates 1500 RMB and gift packs to children living in disadvantaged situations in Pingsha to allow them to continue pursuing an education. While the main aim of this visit was to see the real-life impact and benefits of CTC’s funding, it turned out to be so much more.
12月是“一起来”社区非常繁忙的月份。离第八届“一起来”慈善音乐会只剩下不到一周的时间了，CTC团队不仅关注这一重大日子的最后安排，还组织了慈善活动和家访，以了解CTC全年的资助结果。11月23日星期六，四名CTC董事会成员和执行委员会成员Mark, Sunny, Andy, Alex和他们的实习生与李老师在珠海平沙地区进行了三次家访。每年，CTC都会向平沙贫困地区儿童捐赠1500元人民币和礼品包，让他们继续接受教育。这次访问的主要目的是了解CTC资金对现实生活的影响和好处，但事实证明它的意义远不止于此。
The first family represented a very enriching moment for all of us involved in the visit. This family is composed of seven people, and is unfortunately forced to live on the father’s only income as the mother and grandmother have to stay at home to take care of three children. One of the children has been battling with craniopharyngioma, a type of brain tumor, for several years now and requires frequent checkups and surgeries, having undergone three already. However, with a modest income of 3000 RMB a month earned by the father, they are often forced to choose between their daughter’s medical care (amounting to 2700 RMB a month excluding surgeries) and paying for rent, bills, and other essentials like food. The grandfather is sadly also unwell having recently suffered from a stroke. Furthermore, health insurance only covers a limited part of their medical expenses, and the family’s lack of a local hukou until a few months ago has meant that they have had to travel back to the province of Guanxi to get surgery. Due to the lack of funds for adequate medical care, this 8-year-old is likely to soon lose the ability to walk. This has also meant that she has not been able to attend school so far and receive an adequate education. However, regardless of the hardships that both the family and the daughter have had to experience, the whole team was warmly welcomed with smiles and gratitude for the allowance we were able to provide them with.
The second and third family had a lot in common. Both of the children that CTC has been sponsoring with a 1500 RMB allowance had been taken in by their relatives or grandparents, after their parents had passed away or ran away. The child from the second family is being taken care of by some of his far relatives after his father passed away and the mother ran away as a result of that. On the other hand, the third family’s father ran away and the child is now living with his grandparents while his mother works in the city centre of Zhuhai and sends them money whenever she can. Unlike the first family we visited, both of these families had a local hukou and owned land in Zhuhai, and thus had been given money by the state to renovate their house.
Even though all the children that we visited on Saturday 23 November have already been through traumatic experiences at a very young age, they did not stop smiling for the whole time we were there. The first 8-year-old girl, in particular, was happy to talk to us and carried on smiling, laughing and waving until we stepped out the door. This experience, however, proved to be a moment of reflection for all the CTC members that were present on the day. The CTC has been working hard so far to raise more and more money every year and be able to sponsor worthy projects and fund those members of the community that need it the most. For instance, the annual sponsorship of children in Pingsha has enabled around 700 children to continue pursuing an education regardless of the economic and living difficulties that their families are experiencing. Additionally, the funds given to partner charities like the Zhuhai Autism Society (ZAS) have contributed to the construction of safe spaces like the new Day Care Centre, which enables autistic children to develop their skills whilst allowing the parents to sustain a normal working life. Nonetheless, witnessing the harsh reality that some of the members of our community are forced to experience daily makes us at CTC want to do more to continue benefiting larger numbers of people. We thus renew our commitment to the community, and urge you to keep up to date with our social media accounts to get involved in upcoming projects and the Come Together Charity Music festival to make a difference, improve people’s lives, and help our community thrive.
尽管我们在11月23日星期六看望的所有孩子都在很小的时候就已经经历了创伤，但我们在那里的整个时间里，他们都没有停止微笑。尤其是第一个8岁的小女孩，她很高兴地和我们聊天，继续微笑、大笑、挥手，直到我们离开。然而，这一经验证明是CTC所有成员在会议上的反思时刻。到目前为止，CTC一直在努力工作，以筹集越来越多的资金，赞助有价值的项目，并资助那些最需要资金的社区成员。例如，平沙每年对儿童的资助使大约700名儿童能够不顾他们的家庭所面临的经济和生活困难，继续接受教育。此外，像珠海自闭症协会(ZAS) [insert link]这样的合作慈善机构获得的资金也用于建造安全的空间，比如新的日托中心，它能让自闭症儿童发展他们的技能，同时让父母能维持正常的工作/职业生活。然而，目睹我们社区的一些成员每天被迫经历的严酷现实，使我们CTC想要做更多的事情来继续造福更多的人。因此，我们重申我们对社区的承诺，并敦促您及时了解我们的社交媒体账户，参与即将到来的项目和“一起来，慈善音乐会”，以有所作为，改善人们的生活，帮助我们的社区繁荣发展。
So please come join us next Saturday at the 8th edition of the Come Together Festival at the wonderful LETS Livehouse, LETS Cultural District, Zhuhai from 3pm to 10 pm to help us raise money and fund this and other worthy causes in the year to come while having fun and enjoying music.
The CTC is also accepting corporate donations for this year’s Annual Charity Music Festival. 100% of earnings are used to benefit the local community, and aid Children in need as none of CTC’s organisers takes any salary or admin fees. You can still make a difference by donating or helping out in any way If you’re interested please contact email@example.com.
On Friday 22nd November, the CTC team gathered to visit the Post-School Day Care Centre built with CTC donations in collaboration with the Zhuhai Autism Society (ZAS). CTC has been working with ZAS since 2014 on a variety of projects that endeavour to provide autistic children in Zhuhai with a safe space where they can develop their skills through fun activities, while at the same time allowing the children’s families to maintain a regular working life once the children are done at school. Friday’s visit to the centre did not disappoint and allowed us to witness the countless benefits that this space and activities have on the children and their families.
On our arrival, we were greeted by Charles He Bingling, President of ZAS, who introduced us to the group of children while they were enjoying post-school tea and snacks. From the very first moment our team stepped into the room, all the children were extremely welcoming and hurried to introduce themselves, shake our hands, and give us a hug. Introductions were soon followed by the main activity of the afternoon: Teacher Song’s dance class! So, it had to be done, the team joined the children in learning the choreography. Needless to say, none of us are going to become professional dancers, but we all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to let go of our fear of embarrassment and have fun with the children.
ZAS is a non-profit organisation set up by the parents of autistic children under the auspices of the Zhuhai Civil Affairs Bureau. They provide specialised classrooms on both part-time and full-time basis to offer autistic children and young adults appropriate education and to help them gain the skills they need to live fulfilling lives on a personal and professional level. ZAS’s President He believes that the CTC’s donation to their charity has enabled the children to have quality education and the parents to earn a living by creating a safe space where the children can spend their time and learn new skills until they can be picked up by their parents.
Not only does ZAS create a space where autistic children can go to after school allowing their parents to work full time, but it also commits to offering them a wide range of classes where they can get active and improve several areas that they would normally be struggling with in their daily life. Some examples of this are limited attention span, repetitive or ritualistic behaviours, and the difficulty of carrying out simple instructions and troubles with fine motor control (Autism-help.org, 2019). Even though physical exercise hardly ever becomes a part of the routine of an autistic child, there are several studies that suggest that a few minutes of aerobic or vigorous exercise a day can positively impact these behaviours by stimulating the production of new brain cells responsible for the impulse of control, attention, and empathy (Dangerouslyfit.com.au, 2019). Therefore, physical exercise can reduce repetitive behaviours while boosting motor and social communication skills, on-task behaviour as well as academic response (Dangerouslyfit.com.au, 2019).
ZAS不仅创造了一个让自闭症儿童放学后可以上的地方，让他们的父母全职工作，而且还致力于为他们提供各种各样的课程，让他们能够活跃起来，改善他们日常生活中通常会遇到的几个问题。这方面的一些例子包括注意力广度有限、重复性或仪式性行为、执行简单指令的困难以及精细运动控制的困(Autism-help.org, 2019)。尽管体育锻炼几乎不可能成为自闭症儿童日常生活的一部分，但有几项研究表明，每天几分钟的有氧运动或剧烈运动可以刺激产生负责控制、注意力和移情冲动的新脑细胞，从而对这些行为产生积极影响 (Dangerouslyfit.com.au, 2019)。因此，体育锻炼可以减少重复性行为，同时提高运动和社交技能、任务行为以及学习反应 (Dangerouslyfit.com.au, 2019)。
At ZAS, we were able to witness the benefits of physical exercise throughout the afternoon: all the children were getting involved to learn the choreography, playing games and engaging in conversation with the CTC team. Overall, it was a fun and successful afternoon which has made us at CTC more aware of the importance of our efforts, and willing to carry on working to benefit the lives of a larger number of children in Zhuhai.
If you are interested in helping us raise money for this and other worthy causes, check out our social media accounts for more information on the upcoming Come Together Festival taking place on Saturday 7th December. Join us in enjoying music, drinks and fun activities while raising money to benefit more and more members of our community.
The CTC is also accepting corporate donations for this year’s 8th Annual Charity Music Festival, to be held in Zhuhai on Saturday December 7th. 100% of earnings are used to benefit the local community, and aid Children in need as none of CTC’s organisers takes any salary or admin fees. If you’re interested in donating or helping out in any way please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to watch the video of our visit to ZAS.
Autism-help.org. (2019). Autism, PDD-NOS & Asperger’s fact sheets | Introduction to Asperger syndrome and Autism, the most common disorders on the Autism Spectrum. [online] Available at: https://www.autism-help.org/introduction-asperger-autism.htm [Accessed 2 Dec. 2019].
Dangerouslyfit.com.au. (2019). The Benefits of Exercise for Children with Autism. [online] Available at: https://www.dangerouslyfit.com.au/exercise/exercise-and-autism/ [Accessed 2 Dec. 2019].