A SC choir is raising money for awareness around serious issue.
Timaru choir the Rhyth-mix Singers will be singing to lift hearts and raise awareness of suicide prevention when they hold their annual concert on November 17-18.
Proceeds from the ‘‘Thank You For The Music’’ concert will go to the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust which helps connect struggling people with support services nationwide and also runs a peer support-driven online bereavement support group.
The Rhyth-mix Singers have raised thousands of dollars for various causes and charities throughout Canterbury through public concerts and soirees, but this year’s cause is particularly close to the group’s hearts.
After losing her 16-year-old grandson to suicide in April, the choir’s first-year musical director, Glenys Carson, had no problem identifying a charity to support through the concert, as she saw an opportunity to build on the current wave of suicide awareness.
‘‘I am glad these sad statistics are being brought to the public’s attention and not swept under the carpet anymore. Suicide is a senseless tragedy that needs to be urgently addressed,’’ Carson said.
The concert features a varied programme of their normal repertoire of contemporary numbers, interspersed with barbershop and a cappella elements, while the centre-piece of the show will be a stirring medley from Les Mise´rables.
Thank You For The Music will be held on November 17 at 7.30pm and November 18 at 3pm at the Savage Club Hall, Dee Street, Timaru.
Tickets are $20 and available from Fashion Focus, Highfield Mall.