I’m three days late for Blog Action Day 2008 - Poverty, but never too late. Actually I didn’t register and don’t have a blog post about “poverty”, but I thought I would take this opportunity to blog about a local cause that deserves plenty of attention.
My friend Shaun Chandran is a psychologist who works at a place called Parkerville Children and Youth Care, in his words “…working with children who have been through episodes of abuse and neglect and who display a range of trauma-related behaviours.”
Shaun has put his enterprising attitude to work and successfully got an amazing charity project off the ground, with the proceedings going to therapeutic care…here’s all about it on the website:
“WITH A LITTLE HOPE FROM MY FRIENDS is a charity project featuring songs from ‘The Beatles’ as performed by independent artists from the Western Australian music community. The project is a concept album; with songs specifically chosen to depict the journey of a child who has experienced trauma and abuse and is now in care.
The project is an initiative of Parkerville Children and Youth Care, a not for profit organisation in Western Australia that provides care and protection to the most vulnerable children and youth in the community. Parkerville Children and Youth Care has set its roots in Perth since 1903 and is currently in the preliminary stages of establishing Australia’s first Child Advocacy Centre.”
“The entire proceeds from CD sales will go to providing various therapeutic interventions for our children. These include music and art therapy, dance, theatresport and therapeutic drumming. Recent research has shown how these interventions have a greater impact on creating sustainable change within the lives of these children by working on the lower areas of brain functioning where development has been heavily impacted by early trauma and abuse.”