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Barking Up the Right Tree

Over the last few months, the RASN SCO team at Queensland Music Festival started to talk about ways to share messages of hope and healing, and how to invite people to share their thoughts and feelings, beyond the opportunity to sing as part of Help is on its Way. The idea of inviting members of the community to share a message that would become part of something greater was born.
Inspired by the tradition of the Wish Tree that exists in many cultures, such as Tanabata Festival in Japan, the practice of Clootie Wells in Scotland, and Yoko Ono’s international Wish Tree project that has been ongoing since 1981, the Wish Tree Bark Shield was created, recalling how trees can protect us and signify our identity.
Between 19 – 23 July, our team followed the Help is on its Way Flying Tour by road – alongside the Royal Flying Doctor Service Drought Wellbeing Team – to the four communities on the tour that have been severely impacted by drought over many years.  We gathered messages along the way from Barcaldine, Hughenden, Birdsville and Cunnamulla, with a promise that they would be shared at the event in Brisbane.

We have been tremendously privileged to be part of this project and hope to continue it into the future. 

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