Marie Jayet has a passion for music and singing, but needed assistance to nurture her dream, as she is blind. Back in October, the Onehunga Community News reached out to the community on her behalf - and the response was overwhelming.
Marie was seeking a singing companion, as she occassionally busks in and around Onehunga Mall. After reading the feature, a Chinese family contacted the Onehunga Community News to get in touch. They opted to remain anonymous, but were happy to give back to the friendly community who helped them settle-in when they arrived from China in 1999. The mother hopes to teach her children, ‘the joy that comes from helping others.’
The family have kindly organised to collect her every second Saturday, for an afternoon to share music at their residence. Marie commented “I look forward to their visits. They play the piano extremely well, and we have a lot of fun singing together. They are a very talented bunch.”
Lucy White from Operatunity Ltd in Mt Wellington, also came across the article, after it was brought to her attention by her employer John Cameron. Their company provide entertainment for seniors around Auckland. They generously donated a piano, and even covered costs for delivery to her home. The team from Operatunity were glad to help, and are pleased it was gifted to a deserving person. Marie is ecstatic and thankful for the gesture. The piano is untuned, so she hopes to meet someone who is able to assist with getting it professionally tuned.
Marie is grateful for all the interest from caring locals, and is happy to be out and about, socialising more. She has returned to busking - thanks to volunteers who accompany her fortnightly to her regular spot. She looks forward to meeting more friends and musicians through her love of music.