Oth­ers’ sto­ries be­come her songs

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A woman who quit so­cial work to com­mit to hu­man­i­tar­ian aid around the globe will be per­form­ing in a spe­cial show to sup­port sur­vivors of sex­ual abuse.

Mu­si­cian Claire Tonna will be head­lin­ing the Voices for Courage con­cert at K Rd’s Thirsty Dog Tav­ern at the end of the month.

The con­cert is set to en­cour­age sur­vivors of sex­ual abuse while rais­ing funds for char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion HELP.

The Mt Eden-based or­gan­i­sa­tion em­pow­ers women and chil­dren af­fected by sex­ual abuse, and works with the com­mu­nity on ed­u­ca­tion and preven­tion pro­grammes.

Ms Tonna says she hopes to break down the taboos sur­round­ing is­sues of sex­ual abuse, us­ing her mu­sic to trans­form suf­fer­ing into strength.

Nine years ago she left her ca­reer in so­cial work in favour of do­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid around the world. She per­forms in fa­cil­i­ties such as psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tals and pris­ons, and has cre­ated songs from sto­ries of sex­ual abuse sur­vivors from all four cor­ners. ‘‘I sing sto­ries,’’ she says. ‘‘When I per­form I am detached from my­self and the words of oth­ers just flow.’’ Join­ing Ms Tonna for the Voices of Courage show will be a line-up of lo­cal artists in­clud­ing the Mike Mu­rane Jazz Trio.

Voices of Courage takes place on Satur­day from 8pm at Thirsty Dog Tav­ern, K Rd.

En­try is $5 on the door with all pro­ceeds do­nated to HELP.

Visit claire­tonna.com.

Em­pow­er­ing mu­sic: Mu­si­cian and hu­man­i­tar­ian Claire Tonna will be per­form­ing at a fundrais­ing gig for HELP.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of Claire Tonna’s song

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