Guvera banded together last week with Japanese charity, Today Is The Day, to host a music therapy session for children from Fukushima suffering exposure from the nuclear disaster.
Nearly 20 children took part in the session as part of the charity’s ‘Miracle Kutchie Experience 2’ – an exchange programme that uses art therapy to help affected children five years on from the disaster.
Professional jazz musicians Tim Stoker and Anthony Howe taught the children to play ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams and ‘I feel good’ by James Brown.
Vinnie Quek, Guvera Asia’s Head of Content and Label Promotions, said the children were excited to learn to play wind instruments for the first time.
“The songs were chosen for their positive message and the looks and smiles on the children’s faces said it all. Music is a universal language that crosses borders and cultures. As an art form it has a wonderful ability to help relieve stress and inspire a sense of well being.
“We were pleased to be able to provide an immersive music experience for the children of Fukushima, in support of such a visionary foundation,” Quek said.
Today Is The Day is a not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to bring positive change to the world through art-based activities and lectures. Through art therapy and retreat programs, the foundation works to empower children to reach their full potential and heal.
Reports show that thyroid cancers in Fukushima children have already risen significantly, with 44.2 per cent reported to have thyroid abnormality.
Today Is The Day is based in Japan, New York, Singapore and Zurich.