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Hackney singer is part of Olympic legacy

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 August 2013

Annalisa Checci who has recorded the Volunteer Anthem as part of a choir

Annalisa Checci who has recorded the Volunteer Anthem as part of a choir

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Annalisa Checchi is living proof of the reality of the Olympics legacy.

Annalisa Checchi is living proof of the reality of the Olympics legacy.

The Hackney lawyer was a volunteer during the Games but is now part of the Games Maker Choir which has recorded the ‘Volunteers Anthem’.

The youtube video featuring the song has had more than 25,000 hits and will also faeture as part of a loop on the BBC Live sites across the country.

It all began when Annalisa, 34, responded to a notice in the Games Maker Newsletter and after one quick rehearsal found herself performing at the Help 4 Heroes hero ride finish at Horse Guards Parade in June this year.

Many radio shows and public appearances later, Annalisa is rising to perhaps the most unique of musical challenges by lending her voice to an original song called the ‘Volunteers’ Anthem’.

Annalisa said: “I thought it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to get involved in the Olympic Games, but I was genuinely curious about the different support teams required to host a successful event on such a huge scale. I have been volunteering for many years and have done a lot of fundraising for charity so I was delighted to be able to do something which would have a much wider impact especially on community spirit.

“I’ve had some amazing opportunities as a member of the Games Maker Choir. It was really good fun recording the ‘Volunteers Anthem’ on the rooftop of an office building in London. I think we sang the song about 20 times as the recording was interrupted by the constant airplanes or motorcycles whizzing by. Everyone had such a great time doing it and it was such a honour to be part of an initiative to encourage more people to get involved and show that volunteering is fun!”

To watch Annalisa in the ‘Volunteers Anthem’ go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/volunteer.


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