QUEENSLAND BALLET RISES TO THE CHALLENGE WITH INAUGURAL GIVING DAY INITIATIVE
Queensland Ballet (QB) will have just 24 hours to raise funds for its new Academy home at Kelvin Grove State College when the phone lines open for its inaugural QB Giving Day on October 17.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, the Company's all-or-nothing initiative will see all donations quadrupled by QB's generous match donors, however if the target isn't reached, the donations will not be processed.
All funds raised will go towards filling Queensland Ballet Academy with the amenities the young dancers require, including ballet barres, pianos and pianists for its six studios, physiotherapists and health and fitness equipment for the Wellness Suite, and scholarships to support students with their tuition and living expenses.
The campaign will start at 9am, Thursday, October 17 and conclude exactly 24 hours later, with QB staff and donor teams reaching out during this time to all those who believe.
Polished performances on a grand scale may be what Queensland Ballet is best known for, however the Company's first training programs were founded in 1953 by Charles Lisner to give young talent a platform from which to shine.
The new Queensland Ballet Academy building at Kelvin Grove State College is currently in construction and nearing completion, thanks to the collaboration with the Queensland Government Department of Education. The doors will open in 2020, bringing professional ballet training together with academic studies on the one campus, and in full flight will nurture more than 150 young students and aspiring dancers from Years 7 to 12.
"We want to create that environment where they walk in with their eyes wide open with smiles in their hearts, and the joy of going to the studio with that happiness – you don't know what magic is going to emerge from that kind of happiness," said QB Artistic Director Li Cunxin.
"That's what this Giving Day is all about.
"It's about giving our kids, our future generations, that best possible facility to make them feel loved and cared for, giving them that sense of nurturing and help that they need."
Meryn Cooper | Publicist, Queensland Ballet