An amazing initiative is a music program for paediatric patients. Donated by Katrina Bracher, former Women Youth and Children Executive Director, at the conclusion of her service she left a meaningful parting gift - the gift of music.
Thanks to Katrina's generosity, Wiradjuri man and local musician, Roy Peterson is now delivering the traditional music of the didgeridoo to paediatric patients and their families at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children every fortnight.
The sounds of the didgeridoo are thought to assist healing and for our youngest patients, hearing this instrument serves as a fascinating distraction while at the hospital. Roy's interactions with the children and families are so warm and creates a wonderful sense of calm.
"This donation is to offer my acknowledgment to the Ngunnawal people locally, and Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture more broadly. I am hoping that hearing the didgeridoo in the corridors of the CHWC, will help people heal physically, emotionally and spiritually," stated Ms Bracher.
We are so grateful for the support of this wonderful initiative - thank you Katrina!