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Change the life of one child by contributing to the cost of their music therapy sessions.
Renowned New Zealand chef Peter Gordon is the new patron of the country's only dedicated music therapy centre.
Auckland-based Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre has benefited for several years from Peter Gordon's culinary expertise at charity hangi events and the chef features the centre on his personal website.
Now he has accepted an invitation to become one of three patrons of the centre. Peter Gordon says he has compelling reasons for becoming involved.
"My great friend and distant cousin Hinewehi is a wonderful and close friend and she is such a tireless worker for the centre. But Raukatauri is also a fantastic charity and provides much needed support for New Zealand kids.
"When I can I am delighted to help out and am honoured to be asked to be a patron of the Raukatauri centre."
Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre founder Hinewehi Mohi says everyone involved in the charity is extremely grateful for Peter Gordon's support.
"Peter is a very busy man but always seems to find the time for us and for that we are very grateful. We are absolutely delighted he has agreed to join Hayley Westenra and Boh Runga as patrons of the centre."
The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre opened in 2004. Music therapists work with individuals and groups seeking to discover how each person relates and responds to music by engaging them in a musical dialogue.
About the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre
Music therapy helps build bridges of communication with sick and physically and intellectually disabled children, assisting them to develop new skills and reducing their sense of isolation. Work at the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre is based on the internationally-acclaimed Nordoff-Robbins approach emphasising improvisation and other creative techniques. Located in the inner Auckland suburb of Newton, the centre is the brainchild of a dedicated group of local music industry people, including Hinewehi Mohi and Boh Runga. The centre has received funding and support from a number of organisations including the Lion Foundation, music industry groups RIANZ and APRA, the New Zealand Centre for Music Therapy and numerous private donations. For more on the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre go to www.rmtc.org.nz
Issued for the Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust by Pead PR
Rachel Howard Pead PR, Tel: 0-9-918 5558, Rachel@peadpr.co.nz