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Community – The Choir of Hard Knocks as social sustainability

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on May 18th, 2007

The Choir of Hard Knocks is a local choir of disadvantaged and homeless people. Although they are not an environmentally-focussed initiative, they represent an inspiring example of how people can overcome their hardships and unite with others to achieve a common goal. Sustainability is not just about the environment but also about people and how they can work together to achieve great things. According to their website, the aim of the Choir of Hard Knocks is:

"to bring people together, build their confidence enabling them to contribute to their community in a positive way, but also to have fun."

The Choir of Hard Knocks has taken off since its beginnings when around 50 homeless and disadvantaged men and women came together under the leadership of Founding Choir Director Jonathon Welch, former Opera Australia Principal.  They now have a website (,
their own television documentary (, have performed to 1600 people at Melbourne Town Hall, recorded a CD “From the Heart – A Christmas Wish” and appear regularly around Melbourne at corporate and community events.

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