Day 8. – Townsville / charters towers
Waking up on day 8 of the tour we all new what today had in store and had been looking forward to this day for some time. Today we were off to visit the Juvenile detention centre in Townsville. We were apprehensive and exited all at the same time. Part of the great work that the Australian Children’s music Foundation do is put music teachers into detention centers across Australia.
As we drove up to the gates at the centre, I have to admit it was a bit unnerving seeing 10 foot barb wire fences and security check points strikes a certain fear into you. But with a big smile on his face our contact Lance greeted us and helped us make our way into the centre.
Lance was the teacher at the school and knew these kids better than anyone. We walked into the room full of patiently awaiting boys. We took our seats and after a short introduction the room was ours. We really wanted to go into this work shop and find out more about these boys. After playing a song we went around an asked which of the boys played music. After pointing to each other and trying to par the question off to their mates. One of the boys sitting quietly in the corner sat up and told us about a rap he had written.
With lance on the guitar and with all of us sitting quietly waiting he started telling his tale. The song was an apology to his mother for all the pain he had caused her. It really was incredible and we really appreciated it that he shared it with us. This was defiantly the highlight of the visit.
After saying goodbye to the class and a quick tour around the centre we packed up and started the drive to charters towers. So now we are setting up in a little Irish bar on a Monday night. Might be a quiet one.
JAMES / JOSH / MATT.