POWERFUL VOICES: Peter Lehner leads the Hearing Voices Choir at the Human Rights Day concert at Lismore Library yesterday.
POWERFUL VOICES: Peter Lehner leads the Hearing Voices Choir at the Human Rights Day concert at Lismore Library yesterday. Marnie Johnston

Groups unite for concert

DIGNITY and freedom: That's what yesterday's Human Rights Day concert at Lismore library was all about.

In celebration of the international day, local musicians and speakers congregated for the free concert, organised by Peter Lehner.

The concert, he said, was held to celebrate human rights, dignity and freedom.

He said Human Rights Day was an important day to him, especially given the recent death of Nelson Mandela who was a massive figure in human rights.

Mr Lehner said his hope for the day was that it would help build connections for each person, our community and the world.

He said it was the perfect day to appreciate our strong community in Lismore.

With performances by Luke Vassella, Blakboi, Africa United Gospel Group 1 Crew, Peter Lehner, The Barefoot Gypsies, Healing Voices Choir, One Breath, and the Winsome Lose Some Gospel Choir, the audience was entertained throughout the early afternoon.

Also taking the stage were speakers Michael Douglas from Sanctuary Northern Rivers, Ian Gaillard from Lock the Gate, Zenith Virago, Lismore City Councillor Vanessa Ekins, Jill Garsden, Lorraine Vass, Kristin den Exter, and Arquimedes Monroe Wanderlust.

The MC for the day was former Lismore mayor Ros Irwin. Each speaker raised various issues relating to human rights - including fluoridation.

The latter subject is one close to Mr Lehner.

Lismore City Council was set to make a decision about fluoridation of the town water at a council meeting last night.

Mr Lehner said he hoped it decided against fluoridation as he felt it was a human rights issue.

"It's a human right that I get to consent to any medication I am given," Mr Lehner said.


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