Choirs give an extra edge to celebration

Extra Edge Community Services CEO Louise Gray, Department of Corrective Services Commissioner Heather Harker and Boronia Pre-release Centre for Women Superintendent Janette Allen at the Reconciliation Action Plan launch.
Extra Edge Community Services CEO Louise Gray, Department of Corrective Services Commissioner Heather Harker and Boronia Pre-release Centre for Women Superintendent Janette Allen at the Reconciliation Action Plan launch.

Kerry Fletcher joined the choirs to sing the Sorry Song, written by Ms Fletcher in 1998 for the stolen generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

“I am so inspired by the combined choir performance. There have been thousands of choirs who have sung the Sorry Song over its 15-year life but I believe this is a first as far as I know for a prison choir and community choir performing together,” Ms Fletcher said.

Mr Chaney read an extract from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s national apology speech.

Officially launched at the event was the Myee Palya – Black Fella Style Indigenous Cookbook created by Aboriginal prisoners and staff from Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison.

Food from the cookbook was provided by a prison catering team for afternoon tea at the event in Victoria Park.

The group aimed to help prisoners create community relationships and reduce re-offending.