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GIVING A VOICE TO STROKE A CHORD CHOIR

Performers of Yooralla’s Stroke a Chord choir can now share the stage, following the donation of three new cordless microphones by The Honda Foundation and Ringwood Honda.

“Due to the generous support across Honda Dealerships and Ringwood Honda, The Honda Foundation is privileged to fund this new equipment for the Stroke a Chord choir,” Chairman of The Honda Foundation, Mr. Stephen Collins said.

“The additional microphones will further empower the Stroke a Chord choir and raise morale through the power of song.”

Yooralla provides essential services for people with disability across Victoria, including accommodation alternatives, respite, in-home support, therapy, attendant care, recreation and more.

The Stroke a Chord choir, a Yooralla initiative, is comprised of people who have experienced stroke and as a result live with aphasia, a condition that causes loss of speech. However, as singing and melody are processed by a different part of the brain to speech, many living with aphasia are still able to sing.

With the support of Yooralla speech pathologist, Bronwen Jones, the choir meets each week to rehearse and spend time with others who share their understanding for a life with limited communication.

The choir was only operating on one microphone before, so to have another three available is a luxury and a real treat for our singers,” Ms. Jones said.

Pat Allen (pictured) used to be a star in local amateur theatre groups. Although her speech is very limited, she has perfect pitch and great inflection with a love for doing vocal solos

"The cordless microphones represent hope to our singers like Pat and will play a valuable role educating others about aphasia,” Ms Jones added.

Dr. Sherene Devanesen, CEO of Yooralla, is incredibly grateful to The Honda Foundation for the charitable donation.

"Yooralla is immensely appreciative of the support it has received from The Honda Foundation. The funding for the cordless microphones means that members of the choir can continue to host regular performances and have their voices heard,” Dr. Devanesen said.

“The happiness and confidence that this avenue of self-expression will give the singers is beyond measure.”