We love everything about this Strange Fruit Mention of the Day, which comes to us from Australia courtesy of a recycling, socially aware gospel chorus: “The Canberra community choir—named after two iconic songs ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Stormy Weather’—features a repertoire of folk, contemporary, African, Indigenous as well as gospel and spiritual music.
Rachel Gilks, Convener of Strange Weather, says that as well as bringing together people from all walks of life to sing together, ‘we’re very socially aware and want to do what we can for the planet and for Canberra.’
So, when the ACT Container Deposit Scheme launched in 2018, one of the choir members suggested container recycling would be a great way to fundraise. Initially, members would bring containers with them to rehearsals and volunteers from the choir took responsibility for returning them.
‘As COVID hit we stopped meeting as a choir, and it was a bit harder to fundraise,’ says Rachel. ‘So we set up a ‘how to’ document explaining to members how to deposit containers at the different return points—we encouraged them to do it themselves.’”