Save The Rivers Song

$2

FROM EVERY DOWNLOAD GOES TO MOTHERS MILK BANK CHARITY

Featuring: Marcia Howard, Nadia Sunde, Zardi
Contributors: Eleanor Clapham, John Sutton, Liam Gubbins, Isaac Barter

 

Acknowledgement
 

Background to “Save The Rivers” - The Ruby Hunter Legacy

 

In September 2019 The Mothers Milk Bank Charity -Founder/ Director was honored to be invited to the Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroborees Festival. The role of the arts and music to reflect the needs of the society we live in has been and integral part of the Mothers Milk Bank Charity since its inception in 2005. Sales of the Gift A Women’s Song cd provided the income to build and purpose designed milk bank.

 

 

Marea gathered together the Mothers Milk Bank ambassadors Marcia Howard, Nadia Sunde, Zardi O’Connell and John Sutton in order to take a message of hope, to the First Nation community through song/stories.

We listened to the stories expressed through talks, music and dance as we joined with community at Dubbo, Walgett, Brewarrina and Bourke. Together we were given the opportunity to inform the elders and the First Nation midwives that in 2020, we would be able to provide powdered breast milk (a world first) to mothers in remote communities anywhere.

While on country at the Corroboree it was devastating and heartbreaking to see for ourselves the dire state of the rivers and the threat to food security for our First Nation people.  We did come away feeling inspired to find a way to return the water to the rivers and to make other Australians aware of the real struggle remote communities are experiencing.

The MMBC ambassadors wrote a song “Save The Rivers” in response the hardship and the sadness seeing the dying of a community without any water. The Elders of the Barkindji, Kamilaroi, Ngemba, Wailwan, Wongaibon and Wiljaali nations, asked for the proceeds of the song to go towards the Ruby Hunter Project in order to provide  breast milk for the babies in their community.

 

Background to our charitable purpose

The disease of Diabetes in pregnancy effects over 40,800 women a year, with 19% of mothers being in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The disease delays the mother’s own milk from ‘coming in’ and the babies increased need for sugar is often greater than the mother can provide due to the disease itself. ONLY breast milk can protect these babies from this disease. The first week of life is of vital importance and now the Mothers’ Milk Bank Charity can provide the pre-birth bridging packs to remote communities.

Since Ruby Hunter and Marea Ryan joined together in 2008 to plan a series of concerts to promote the importance of and significant health benefits of having breast milk available for all babies, especially in relation to the high incidence of Diabetes. Since this time the number of mothers with diabetes has tripled. (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019). In 2015 the diabetes project was launched at the Murwillumbah Music Festival and with the blessing of Ruby Hunter’s family and life long partner Archie Roach. The legacy of the Ruby Hunter was acknowledged and the Diabetes project was named “The Ruby Hunter Project”.

 

After 5 years of research we are now ready to provide the freeze-dried breast milk to all communities around Australia. Ruby Hunter’s legacy of bringing all people together and her belief in the charity is now coming to fruition.

 

Future

The Mothers’ Milk Bank Charity relies on community financial sponsorship in order to cover our milk processing costs and to provide education on the positive health, freeze dried donor breast milk has in keeping babies healthy. ONLY Breast Milk Can Do this. In 2019 Donor Breast Milk saved the lives and protected 200 babies from illness and disease.

“There is a beauty in our culture to give to help others in need” Marea Ryan 2005

         

Community

Everyone working together to prevent illness, disease and to ensure food security for tiny humans into the future.

Dedication


We would like to thank Camellia Boney who inspired this song, Diane Whitaker, Virginia Robinson, Trish Shillingsworth and all the women of the Kamilaroi, Ngemba, Uakari, Murrawari, Wailwan, Yuwaalaraay, Wanggamurr and Barkindji nations for sharing their stories of Country with us.


We acknowledge and thank Marea Ryan, Kevin Condon, Professor Richard Banati, Val McGarry, Blanche De Winter, Oliver Threfall and Dr Jenny Brown.


Artwork

Cover Art: ©Bruce Shillingsworth
With grateful thanks to Bruce Shillingsworth who put this remarkable YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA Corroboree Festival together to let Australians come and witness for themselves the dire state of the rivers. We acknowledge and thank Bruce for the use of his artwork.

Musicians


Thank you to the musicians who have generously donated their time and talent:

Marcia Howard: Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards, and percussion.
Nadia Sunde: Vocals
Zardi: Vocals
John Sutton: Nylon string guitar
Eleanor Clapham: Vocals
Liam Gubbins: Electric Guitar
Isaac Barter: Bass Guitar and Drums


Produced by
Marcia Howard


Engineered and mixed by
Isaac Barter, Geelong
Jeff Lovejoy, at Black Box studios in Brisbane
Liam Gubbins, House of Song Geelong
Eleanor Clapham, Sydney


Graphic Design
Kelly Simpson,  www.stardustgraphics.com.au

 

Publicist
Blanche De Winter, Pure Communications


Film clip
Jessica Maurer

SAVE THE RIVERS
(Yamma Ngunna Baaka)
©Marcia Howard, Nadia Sunde, Zardi O’Connell, John Sutton, 2019


Save the Rivers
Brothers and Sisters
Are you listening
Can you hear her cry
We’ve got to pull together
Stop the greed and the lies
If we don’t
This Country dies
If we don’t we won’t survive


No time for crying
We’ve got to get strong
The River has no voice
And she’s losing her song
This Country’s got a heartbeat
Can you feel it now
Come together and sing it loud


Save the Rivers
Brothers and Sisters
Are you listening
Can you hear her cry
We’ve got to pull together
Stop the greed and the lies
If we don’t
This Country dies
If we don’t we won’t survive


Water is life
Blood of our Mother Earth
Water is life
It connects us all
We’re singing up Country
Bringing down the rain
Let the Rivers
Flow free again


Save the Rivers
Brothers and Sisters
Are you listening

Can you hear her cry
We’ve got to pull together
Stop the greed and the lies
If we don’t
This Country dies
If we don’t we won’t survive


Solo
(Her teardrops fall on a dry river bed
Where fish once swam there’s only sand instead)


This was a paradise now it’s a living hell
Give it back to the river the water you sell


Save the Rivers
Brothers and Sisters
Are you listening
Can you hear her cry
We’ve got to pull together
Stop the greed and the lies
If we don’t
This Country dies
If we don’t we won’t survive.


Yaama Ngunna Baaka
Yaama Ngunna Baaka
Yaama Ngunna Baaka

 

 


Mother Earth is speaking, so our voices have got to be heard, not just here but right across the world.”

 

Bruce Shillingsworth, YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA, Corroboree Festival, Brewarrina 2019.

 

Acknowledgement written by Marcia Howard on behalf of Nadia Sunde, Zardi and John Sutton


Marea Ryan CEO MMBC


The Ruby Hunter Project: Australian artists continue Ruby Hunter’s legacy of bringing all communities together through music/songs/stories in order to spread the word, to mothers that the extra breast milk their babies will need as protection from the effects of this disease diabetes, will now reach all Australians in 2020.


The song writing artists who have supported the Mothers Milk Bank Charity since its inception are donating proceeds from the sale of the song “Save the Rivers” (YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA), to the Ruby Hunter Diabetes Project

 

Thank you everyone

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