MUSICAL DAY: The crowd at Lark in the Park in Lismore and, at right, one of the performers at the event - Paul
MUSICAL DAY: The crowd at Lark in the Park in Lismore and, at right, one of the performers at the event - Paul "Elvis"- who sang Elvis Presley numbers. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Lismore Lark in the Park a day of fun with serious message

SEESPACE, behind the Lismore Library and Conservatorium of Music, was alive with music and fun yesterday as the space was filled with people for The Lark in The Park.

The Lark brought members of the community and participants from R.E.D Inc. Multitask, House With No Steps, ADHC, Lismore Men's Shed, Women's District Health and much more together for a day of festivities.

Organised by RealArtWorks, the theme of the day was Many Abilities, One Voice and included a talent quest, live bands, signing bingo, a chocolate wheel, a RED Inc art exhibition, demonstrations from Martial Arts First and live 5 on 5 soccer games.

Organiser Sunita Bala said it was an opportunity for people already engaged or transitioning into the wider community to meet and engage with support groups in a fun and non-formal environment, and an opportunity to support diversity.

"The Lark in The Park is all about community participation. It's about all of us taking ownership of the challenges and solutions we face and fostering a collective vision that benefits the whole community," Ms Bala said.

Ms Bala said it was "really heartening" to see such a great turnout at The Lark in The Park.

The event was fundraising to support local band The Bridge, who have been invited to play in Poland and the Ukraine in September to work with and inspire other musicians with disability, a great honour for the Lismore based group of both disabled and non-disabled people.

"It's quite an amazing thing for our young guys," Ms Bala said.

"Talk about changing the perceptions of what people with disabilities can do."

Elvis Presley, aka Paul, was taking on the talent show with his rendition of a few of his musical icon's favourite tunes.

He said he was having a great day, and was so happy to share his love of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.



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