Christine Anu writes for RendezView: Why are our Indigenous youths committing suicide?

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Christine Anu (Photograph: Nancy Morrison)

Christine Anu, one of Australia’s most successful Indigenous performers, has written a moving column for The Daily Telegraph’s RendezView about the increasing number of youth suicides within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Here is an extract from the article:

“My heart broke when I read about Matt Taylor, an undertaker in the outback Western Australian town of Leonora who buried his son, a victim of suicide. In this part of Australia broken by the mining downturn, it is the sixth Aboriginal youth suicide in the last 18 months.

Last year in Western Australia a 10-year-old Aboriginal girl took her own life. Ten years old! Thinking about this baby girl brings tears to my eyes. In many other parts of Australia, suicide rates amongst Indigenous Australians are the highest they have been in over a decade. Left behind are family and friends wondering — why?”

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Source: Christine Anu | RendezView

Bowen local Marcus Corowa dedicates Bill Withers tribute show to victims of Cyclone Debbie

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Marcus Corowa (Supplied) 

Last week North Queensland was ravaged by Cyclone Debbie, entire communities have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and sadly, some have lost their lives.

In Marcus Corowa’s hometown of Bowen, Cyclone Debbie ripped roofs from dwellings and tore walls apart leaving a trail of destruction. Rising above the devastation Bowen residents are uniting to rebuild their community with spirit and determination.

With immediate family and friends impacted by the devastation in his hometown, Marcus Corowa is keen to help the community of Bowen. All profits from his Just The Two of Us: Songs of Bill Withers by Marcus Corowa show at The Brass Monkey on Thursday April 13th 2017 will be donated to Bowen Neighbourhood Centre, who contribute towards the dignity, well-being and quality of life of the communities they support.

“The town has been hit pretty hard so I wanted to do this to help my community back home. I really admire the work the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre does for the community.” says Marcus.

Join Marcus and help raise funds for a great cause as he shares the stories and songs from the life of inspirational musician Bill Withers in an intimate concert setting. Soulful melodies including Aint No Sunshine and Lean On Me have stood the test of time and last year saw Withers inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.

Marcus is a singer/songwriter whose silky smooth singing voice and original music has been captivating audiences across Australia. He draws on his Aboriginal and South Sea Islander Heritage to create a soulful, soothing sound that is distinctly his own. Raised in Bowen in North Queensland and now residing in Sydney, Marcus aims to travel the world connecting with others and sharing his music.

So come along for a great night of entertainment and contribute to a great cause. To book your tickets, visit www.brassmonkey.com.au