Voices raised for Ripples

SUPPORT: Whyalla Singers member Chris Beard, left, and musical director Roslyn Barker hand over their $500 cheque to Whyalla Ripples spokeswoman Karen Harrison to help battle the scourge of ice.

SUPPORT: Whyalla Singers member Chris Beard, left, and musical director Roslyn Barker hand over their $500 cheque to Whyalla Ripples spokeswoman Karen Harrison to help battle the scourge of ice.

A Whyalla community organisation helping families affected by ice drug addiction is $500 better off, thanks to a donation from the Whyalla Singers’ 25th Anniversary Concert held in March.

Musical director Roslyn Barker said that the concert had been so successful it was decided to help the recently-formed Whyalla Ripples Support Group.

Ripples supports families and friends of those who have an ice addiction or are in recovery from addiction.

Mrs Barker said the singers’ committee chose the support group as a lesser- known community organisation battling an insidious problem which could destroy family relationships.

“Community support for our anniversary concert was so overwhelming we thought it only appropriate to share some of that success,” Mrs Barker said.

“In our small way, the Whyalla Singers hopes the work of Ripples gains extra exposure in the community.”

Whyalla Ripples spokeswoman Karen Harrison said the money would be used to help fund Ice Forums in regional areas.

“It is important to have relationships with community organisations such as the Whyalla Singers because the more relationships you make the easier it is to cope with what is going on,” she said.

“Ripples has been going well. We just had a forum in Rudall and we had an attendance of around 100 people.

“We have Port Augusta Ripples and we are looking forward to hosting an Ice Forum there as we have some guest speakers who have true-life stories about the dangers of ice.”

Meanwhile, the singers took part in Anzac Day services and the yearly memorial service in the Whyalla Hospital gardens.

Mrs Barker said the group’s engagements for the rest of 2017 continued to grow with more than five performances at nursing homes and appearances at a variety of venues including the Uniting Church and Seventh Day Adventist spring fairs, Advancing Whyalla’s Pride in the Park, Whyalla Pipe Band concert.

“The concert also resulted in inquiries from potential new singers, but we still have room for more members with such a hectic program ahead of us,” she said.

“We are seeking a pianist to complement our long-time keyboard player, Yvonne Carpenter.”

Potential singers are invited to contact Mrs Barker on 0428 308 730.

We have guest speakers who have true-life stories about the dangers of ice. - Karen Harrison, Ripples

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