StarJam pair set to rock

Team of 14 from Christchurch set to rock

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 05:00 24/11/2012
Alecia and Lewis Hawker
DON SCOTT
IN TUNE: Alecia and Lewis Hawker are off to Wellington for StarJam this weekend.

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Christchurch's Alecia and Lewis Hawker will be among more than 200 young people with disabilities performing in Wellington and Auckland tomorrow to mark StarJam's 10th anniversary.

Fourteen musicians from the newly formed Christchurch StarJam branch will travel to Wellington to perform in the LiveJam event.

Guitarist Alecia, 24, and drummer Lewis, 22, both said they were "excited" to dance and play music in the event.

StarJam founder and chief executive Julie Bartlett said the charity provided performance workshops for young people aged up to 24 with physical or intellectual disabilities.

Bartlett said it had been difficult to find funding in Christchurch since the region's earthquake, but the Christchurch branch had finally been able to open in August and the four classes available were already full.

"Parents tell us there is nothing out there for their kids. They take their kids to regular dance classes or something like that and teachers find excuses to tell them they're not welcome."

StarJam also operated a monthly get-together for the performers and their extended families.

The LiveJam event will be streamed live at the Christchurch JamZone at the Westpac Business and Community Hub in Addington from 7pm to 9pm. Entry costs $5.

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