Sydney-based choir visits centre

 

AN OPEN day at Namatjira Haven Alcohol and Drug Healing Centre at Alstonville last Friday had some special guests – the Redfern Block Choir.

And the six-person Sydney-based choir included former Namatjira Haven resident Tim Gray, who wrote a song, 24-Hour Road, while at the haven.

Tim’s song has been recorded, and he is donating proceeds to Namatjira Haven.

The choir performed Tim’s song in front of guests, which included local Aboriginal Elders and family and friends of residents.

Performances also came from haven residents and community artists.

Namatjira Haven was established in 1979 to help Indigenous men overcome drug and alcohol problems, and according to counsellor Fiona Wray, thousands have been helped by the centre.

Ms Wray said the open day was held to show the community “what we actually do when men enter into residential care”.

“We’re celebrating people getting well,” she said.

Indigenous artworks also were on exhibition.



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