Donating to suicide prevention
Music and rhythm will help a trust whose work strikes a chord with a woman who lost a grandson.
A short concert series to be performed in Timaru on Friday and Saturday will contribute funds to the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust.
Thank you for the Music will be performed by the Rhyth-Mix Singers under the direction of musical director Glenys Carson.
She arrived in Geraldine from Invercargill about 18 months ago. She had worked with choirs in Southland and jumped at the chance to make more music.
She was unsure which charities the singing group had supported in the past ‘‘but they just asked me, and of course, this is close to my heart because I lost my grandson to suicide’’.
Jakob was 16 when he died in April this year. The family were seeking help to cope with their situation when they heard about the trust, she said.
Victim Support had been ‘‘fantastic’’ but Life Matters was an obvious choice to support as the community began to talk more openly about suicide, she said.
‘‘[Suicide is] at long last really becoming a more up front subject. It’s not being hidden - swept under the rug, so to speak. You were never allowed to speak about it before,’’ she said.
‘‘If there’s organisations that are prepared to try and help, then we need to support them.’’
‘‘My push is, right from the start, you can’t find a reason. There are no answers. So all you’re basically telling yourself is ‘something good has to come out of this’.’’
She hoped helping the trust would help it help someone, increase its resources and raise awareness.
‘‘That has to maybe ‘something good’.’’
The Rhyth-Mix Singers had been practising hard ahead of the shows and its members were looking forward to it.
‘‘We’ve got a great programme of varied music - from show music, to just contemporary, we’ve got a little bit of barbershop,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s not just our enjoyment it’s for other people’s enjoyment as well.’’
Life Matters founder Corinda Taylor formed the trust about three years ago after she lost her son to suicide. ‘‘I struggled with be the getting good support, it’s so hard to get.’’
Her GP referred her to a grief support group. She was allocated a few free sessions.
‘‘I had to pay for my own support ... and that needs to change.’’
The trust linked people others, she said. ‘‘Because we understand how hard it is, especially in the aftermath of a suicide, that journey is quite lonely.’’
People wanting to donate to the organisation could do so at givealittle.co.nz/org/lifematters She was grateful for the support of Rhyth-Mix Singers.
* Thank You For The Music will be held on Friday, November 17 at 7.30pm and Saturday, November 18 at 3pm at the Savage Club Hall, Dee Street.
Tickets are $20, available from Fashion Focus, Highfield Mall.
Two sculptures in Glenys Carson’s front yard are of people playing instruments. She said they bring her, and passersby, joy.