Local choristers have started preparations for their trip to participate in the World Choral Games happening in Flanders, in Belgium next year.The Kensington Chorale Girls’ Choir members are embarking on a fundraising journey to make the competition a success. The contest will take place from Sunday 5 to Wednesday 15 July.The group has begun practising songs and vocals. Practises take place every Saturday and each member has to self-study the songs in their spare time. Members believe the earlier they start, the better the chance of making the trip a success and increase their chances of winning the contest. The girls say another reason for starting preparations on time is because not every one of them can afford to cover the costs, and they want to help each other. For them, it is important to take advantage of the trip to grow and learn more about music and different cultures in the world.They say they are grateful for the opportunity and want to make the most of it at a minimal cost.They hope to take more than 30 girls along with some of their parents. Each person needs about R50 000 for the trip.They sell burgers on Fridays and doughnuts on Sundays at Good Shepard Church in Kensington. “We have to put in a lot of work because we cannot just expect the money to fall out of the sky. We have to put in a lot of effort because we are working towards something,” says Michaela Davids, one of the senior choir members.“We are going to be there for two weeks; we are shortening the days because it is a bit pricey to stay,” adds Maxine Splinters, another member.For more information about the choir or making donations, visit its Facebook page: Kensington Chorale Girls’ Choir.