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    SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ryder Stonehouse, front middle, plays a tune on the reverie harp with help from mum Thalia Gray and, back from left, Horsham Rural City Council community relations and advocacy co-ordinator Susan Surridge, Wimmera Cancer Centre manager Carmel O’Kane, council governance officer Sue Frankham and governance co-ordinator Diana McDonald.

Wimmera Cancer Centre donation in tune with patient needs

Wimmera Cancer Centre patients will have extra comfort during their treatment after the donation of a new reverie harp for the centre. 

Horsham Rural City Council staff purchased the music therapy instrument using money raised from the sale of old uniforms.

Council governance officer Sue Frankham said once uniforms were handed back, staff could purchase them, with the money raised then given to charity.

The reverie harp is a music therapy instrument in pentatonic tuning, meaning anybody can play it and make a pleasant tune because there are ‘no wrong notes’. 

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The harp is said to emit a very soothing sound with a long sustain.

Wimmera Cancer Centre manager Carmel O’Kane said the centre’s therapeutic musician Rachel Gellert recommended the harp. 

She said a reverie harp had been used at the centre in the past and was met with positive feedback.

“The strings feel nice to play and the vibrations spread through your body,” she said.

“There isn’t anyone who doesn’t enjoy the sound it makes.”


Music for health from the heart


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