Music to heal the violence
Ms Parker speaks openly of her experiences with DV
A NEWCOMER to Childers, Cara Parker is not backwards when it comes to being forward about her mission. Ms Parker was diagnosed with C-PTSD (Complex post Traumatic Stress Disorder) after she and her son were both victims of domestic violence and has made a huge effort to bring more music and art to Childers since arriving two months ago.
Ms Parker is a classically trained musician. Since her arrival in Childers, Ms Parker said made it her mission to help the community, with art and music.
“Wherever possible and have been volunteering my time to help other musicians and bands gain exposure,” Ms Parker said.
“I am physically unable to hold down a job at the moment and this causes me more stress, especially as I was such a vigilant worker and mother for a long time,”
“When I saw the domestic violence signs and photos in the window fronts of retailers, I thought it might be a good time to tell my story,”
Ms Parker speaks out in the hope her story can help others or at least inspire others to look out for each other.
Domestic violence comes in many forms and can cause lifelong suffering for all involved. When I first got here I felt a little intimidated as it was such a big move, but after travelling down south earlier this year I felt a big permanent move was the best thing for me and Childers is where I chose.
“My goal is to make people smile, whether it be helping young artists gain courage and to get up and sing a song,”
Domestic violence has affected Ms Parker permanently with Complex PTSD, the debilitating illness is somewhat hard to manage, making every day a struggle.
“Sometimes just going to the shop to buy groceries can be difficult,” she said.
“If by telling my story helps one person break free of domestic violence, then I know I have made a difference.
“I want to tell my story in the hope, we can all stand together in unity and Say No to Domestic Violence.”
Ms Parker said playing music is a good healing process for her.
Since arriving in Childers, Ms Parker has been working with local businesses and artists including the “Sundays In the Sun”. Open mic/ jam sessions have been a great success at The Grand Hotel, with artists and patrons alike travelling to Childers to enjoy the weekend’s entertainment.
The support from Brierley Wines and The Grand Hotel has been paramount with Ms Parker being able to get her “foot in the door” with music in town and the surrounding areas, with many more events already booked in.
“I am willing to volunteer and help with promoting these types of gigs as I know they are always a great day and bring the community together,” she said.
“I may not be able to work but I have much to offer this community and I look forward to more exciting events and being able to volunteer where possible.”
For 24-hour domestic violence support phone 1800 737 732.
I thought it might be a good time to tell my story... — Cara Parker
LOCAL TALENT: Performing Sundays in the Sun at the Grand Hotel Cara Redmoon entertains patrons.