Two choir members, Rhonda and Graham enjoy the sunshine before a concert.
The Stroke a Chord choir began in 2010 following an observation from stroke survivor Wendy Lyons that people left without speech after their stroke (a condition known as aphasia) could still sing. Being able to sing allowed this group of people a chance to hear their voices again and express themselves through song. Thus the Stroke a Chord choir was formed. Supported through an initial partnership of Croydon Stroke Support group, Maroondah City Council and Yooralla, the choir is now in its fifth year and meets every Tuesday afternoon to rehearse and to socialise with their peers who truly understand what it is like to live with limited communication. This joyous and inspiring group of people get on with life and have become entertainers in their own right who also play a valuable role educating others about aphasia.