Vatican singer new judge for Caritas song writing competition


by NZ Catholic staff

Caritas’ SINGout4JUSTICE annual school song writing competition for Years 7-13 students will be judged by a panel that includes Laura Collins, a Wellington singer/songwriter who performed at the Vatican earlier this year. Ms Collins performed at the Voices of Faith women’s storytelling event in Rome last month, singing a ballad written by fellow Kiwi musician Steve Cournane.

“I’m looking forward to hearing how these talented young New Zealanders apply their creative skill to this worthwhile task.” says Ms Collins.

Caritas wants to encourage young people to consider ways their song can express empathy for people in need, and the theme for SINGout4JUSTICE this year is Horizons of Hope.

The judges will be looking for songs that suggest ways to improve the lives of those living in situations of poverty, oppression, injustice or hopelessness. Legendary musician Don McGlashan and Father Chris Skinner SM have been judges for the competition in the past.

Songs can be entered by individuals or groups and can be sung in any language, provided there is an English translation of the lyrics. There are two categories: Years 7-10 and Years 11-13. A winner will be chosen from each year group and the winners will take home $500 worth of prizes. Entries close at 12 noon on Friday, 24 April, 2015.

For more information, please contact Roger Ellis (Community Engagement Manager) on 021 526 264 or email to

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development, and incorporates Mahitahi – Catholic Overseas Volunteers. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.

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