Lane Cove Local Identity – Kelly Andersen Making a Difference One Song At a Time

In early March, we told you about Lane Cove Local  Kelly Andersen, who has a passion for ensuring all young people have access to education – not just those who parents can afford it.  In August 2016, Kelly will be trekking parts of the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia to raise money for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program.

You can find out more about the Larapinta Trail and Kelly’s quest here.  However, Kelly is not only an uber fit walker and trailblazer. She can carry a tune. She is also a singer/songwriter.

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Kelly Andersen will launch a new album – ‘Write Your Own Story’ – on Saturday, June 18 at Northside Conference Centre in Crows Nest. This album is her first release since the EP ‘Where I’ve Been’ in 2007, and is part of a larger fundraising campaign for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program.

“The mandate of the album was to write and record songs that would inspire and uplift people. I wanted to create something that I could feel proud of, while making a product that could help to raise the much-needed funds for this great cause.”

Also performing at the launch will be singer/songwriter Aleisha McDonald ( and duo Divine Union (

You can come along and enjoy a night of music. Tickets are only $30/$20, with copies of the album ‘Write Your Own Story’ available at the event for only $20. Bookings and information can be found at

You can also donate or assist in fundraising by donating on Kelly’s EveryDay Hero Fundraising page

You can listen to ‘No Time to Hide’ and ‘Just Breathe’ from the album, at Kelly’s YouTube channel.

Kelly Andersen

As a former English and Drama teacher, Kelly believes in the power of education to help kids imagine, and live with, a brighter future.

Learning for Life supports disadvantaged Australian children to get the long-term assistance they need to attend school, engage in their learning and complete Year 12. Last year, because of The Smith Family:

  • 124,902 disadvantaged children and their families received support.
  • 34,096 Australian students received support through Learning for Life
  • 95% of children in the student2student reading program improved their reading age!

* Facts and figures from

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