Bendigo singer gives DOXA a gift to remember

SINGER Alana Conway has donated the proceeds from her Songs to Remember concert to Bendigo’s DOXA Youth Foundation. 

The 22-year-old Maiden Gully musician presented DOXA school principal John Russell with a $1600 cheque last week. 

Mr Russell said he was grateful for all the support Ms Conway had given DOXA. 

“What Alana has done means a lot,” he said. 

“It is not just the donation from her, it is the exposure the school has had. We have had people come in and make donations from the advertising of Alana’s concert.”

The DOXA Youth Foundation is a program that works to provide support and education opportunities for disadvantaged youth. 

Mr Russell said DOXA was about helping kids who were struggling in mainstream schools. 

“We provide a small supported environment to try and re-engage kids in learning or in a pathway to employment,” he said. 

Mr Russell said the money raised would go toward the students’ tuition. Following her appearance as a semi-finalist on Australia’s Got Talent, Conway said she first got involved with DOXA two years ago. 

“I did a gig for them and I met some of the kids,” she said. 

“One of the girls got up and spoke and it was incredible to hear what she had been through and how she had changed – it was amazing.

“Since then I couldn’t think of a more worthy cause in Bendigo to give the money to.” 

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