A Tauranga choir which helps stroke victims through song has turned its attention to people living with Parkinson's.
The Brainwave Singers use singing to improve speech and communications in aphasia (stroke) sufferers and to delay neurological conditions like Parkinson's.
This week, the choir donated $1000 to the Bay of Plenty Parkinson's Society.
The choir uses singing to improve speech and communication in aphasia (stroke) sufferers and to delay neurological conditions like Parkinson's.
Bay of Plenty District Health Board speech and language therapist Robin Matthews said this week was Parkinson's Awareness Week and the majority of its choir members were people with Parkinson's "so it's close to the heart".
"The Parkinson's Society has supported us over the years so this is just giving a little something back," Matthews said, after launching choir seven years ago.
"The money has been raised from concerts and donations. We have donated to other charities before but this is the biggest."
Matthews said the choir was still going strong, with about 70 members.
"The choir members are so committed to it and just love what they're doing, they get so much out of it. It's physiotherapy of the voice; singing as therapy."
President of the Bay of Plenty Parkinson's Society Christine Mercer thanked the choir for the generous donation.
Mercer said the money would go towards the important work carried out by the society's community educators.
"The choir has made an incredible difference to people's ability to project their voice and to help prevent choking which are both issues with Parkinson's," Mercer said.
"Another element is the tremendous community aspect of the choir, being with like-minded people, so understanding each other if you're having an off day for example. It's so important to so many people."