Music therapy centre boosted by this year’s run
Music has been a pivotal part of Ryan Herbert’s life ever since he was born.
The 12-year-old is partially blind and suffers developmental delays.
But there is one thing he enjoys more than anything and that is making music.
Grandmother and primary caregiver Julie Herbert says Ryan has always responded to music and was even taught to speak through song.
Ryan has been going to The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in Auckland once a week for the last eight years.
The centre was established in 2004 by singer song-writer Hinewehi Mohi and is named after her daughter Hineraukatauri who has cerebral palsy.
Music therapists at the centre have helped people of all ages to reduce isolation, develop speech and motor skills, grow in self confidence and improve their overall wellbeing. Each session is designed around the principle that everyone has the ability to respond to music, regardless of disability, injury, illness or circumstances.
Mrs Herbert says the therapy is a perfect fit for Ryan.
‘‘His vocabulary has really gone wild. He has about 50 words that are understandable. When he talks it is very sing-song-y but that is important for him to recognise and sound out words.’’ Ryan’s love of music extends far beyond the therapy centre. At home he enjoys playing the cymbals, the drums and an antique decorative bugle his grandfather found last year.
‘‘Morning and night they’re out there putting the flag up and bugle.’’
The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre will this year receive $11,000 from the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays March 9 event to fund six subsidised music sessions for 10 children.
Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is a joint collaboration between the Auckland Joggers Club and Fairfax Media, owner of the Central Leader and its parent company, Suburban Newspapers.
Registration proceeds will also help support Radio Lollipop, Cystic Fibrosis Auckland Branch, The Hearing House, Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand Kidsline and Fairfax First Books. It starts at 9.30am. Go to roundthebays.co.nz to register.
Struck a chord: Ryan Herbert, 12, looks forward to music therapy each week at the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre.