The Carillon Business Awards is a powerful fundraising initiative to support local charities.
This year the Peak Connect Carillon Business Awards are supporting the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon Group.
The goal of the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon Group is to seek support and raise funds for the upgrade work and for the purchase and installation of a clavier.
At the time of the dedication of the Carillon in 1933 there was not enough money to install a Clavier, a keyboard with rods which are struck with the closed fist. Until the Carillon is played by a Clavier, it will not be recognised world wide as a true carillon. At present it is a bell tower and for more than 80 years the community of Bathurst has been trying to raise funds for a clavier to finish the project which was begun by the community in the 1920s and 1930s.
Before a clavier can be installed, some of the bells need to be replaced and the Eternal Flame upgraded so it burns with a cleaner flame.
The Bathurst Branch of the RSL has also been closely involved in working towards having new bells in time for the Centenary of the World War I Armistice in November this year.
It is hoped that the Clavier will be installed by June 2019, making the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon only the second War Memorial Carillon in Australia and one of the few in the world. The Carillon Society of Australia will assist with training a team of Carilloneurs to play the Carillon who will give recitals on the instrument in Bathurst in the way it was intended nearly 85 years ago.
How you can help?
You can either make a donation to the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon Group, or alternatively through the running of the Peak Connect Carillon Business Awards, there will be opportunities to participate in a raffle and an auction to raise funds for this wonderful initiative.