Concert for noted Sheena

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Zoe Grosshans daughter Zoe Grosshans.
Camera IconZoe Grosshans daughter Zoe Grosshans. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

If the late Sheena Prince was here today, her family are sure she would be utterly overwhelmed by a concert being held in her honour.

The beloved music teacher died in October last year, aged 68, after a battle with ovarian cancer.

Diagnosed with stage four cancer in April 2014, she became an avid fundraiser and awareness raiser in her final years, in an attempt to stop others falling victim to the disease the way she had.

This year, the theme for Ovarian Cancer Australia’s fundraising campaign is Paint the Town Teal — and Ms Prince’s family is continuing to raise money in her honour.

So came about A Concert for Sheena, where 100 per cent of the proceeds will go towards ovarian cancer research.

Her daughter, Zoe Grosshans, said Ms Prince had touched a lot of lives during her decades of teaching music in Albany, especially her 14 years at Albany Senior High School.

“She loved inspiring her students and working with them and marvelled at their successes and achievements even after she had to retire when she was diagnosed,” she said.

“She would be right in the thick of this concert, coming up with fantastic ideas, and she would have such a buzz that we have formed a family band.

“She just loved seeing everyone come together and celebrate music.”

Ms Grosshans said she hoped people came together not only to remember her amazing mother, but also to raise funds so they could help find a way to save lives.

“It is known as the silent killer because it is difficult to diagnose, so she became really passionate about raising awareness and educating and also money for research,” she said.

“There is so much known about breast cancer but not so much about ovarian cancer.”

Local musicians, who had a connection to Ms Prince, whether as colleagues, students or family, will be playing some of her favourite music.

A Concert for Sheena will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 11am at the Albany Baptist Church.

Tickets are available online at www.trybooking.com or at the door.

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