Worldwide Lyme Protest May 10th & 11th 2013 New South Wales: Sydney - Protest, May 10th.
The Days Events & Photos
The Days Round-up: The protest event held in Sydney, Australia was the *first event in the world to kick off the Inaugural Worldwide Lyme Protest campaign.
* Whilst New Zealand is "ahead" of Australia time wise, their participation in the worldwide campaign in this, its inaugural year, consisted of online awareness and numerous media stories, rather than people attending a protest / awareness event.
The event was attended by around 60-70 Lyme patients, family and friends. This number of people was lower than the first Australian protest held outside the NSW Health offices in September 2012, though it was expected due to there being four different events held in NSW on this, the worldwide campaign week-end.
The protest outside NSW's Health in Sydney was the only Protest (as opposed to awareness) event in Australia on May 10th and 11th. This was due to the fact that NSW is the only State in Australia that has an official policy on Lyme disease. Due to this event being a more "formal" event than the awareness events - the speeches prepared by Sue Sherrat, Janice Foster, Karen Smith, Jodie Donnelly and Kate Wood have been uploaded. Click on the individual names for links.
See Below For: Photo's of the day, You tube video of "Right These Wrongs". The Lyme Awareness song written by Emily Madden and performed by Tara Stevens and Ashe Williams-Smith. Tara Stevens also performed her own song, Beautifully Broken, which she wrote about her and her sisters Lyme journey. There is also a podcast interview and article for West Taylor.
Top Banner : Lyme Protesters unable to attend. Thank you to Janice Foster for all the effort in collecting the photo's and putting this banner together, and to Ryan Hollings for the picture. Top Left: Shannon, young NSW Lyme Patient - Her sign reads: HELP me get better please NSW Govt. I just want to go to school. As can be seen in the patient awareness video's Shannon is quite sick, having had five surgeries, two of those heart surgeries, she also suffers with seizures, blackouts and paralysis. Shannon is 13 years old! Top Right: Mal Pace, Ryan Hollings, Janice Foster and her workmate that came along to support the protest, holding up their placards outside NSW Health. Bottom Left: Danielle Ryan and Jodie Donnelly led the chants with much enthusiasm for the protesters at NSW Health. Their sign for this chant : "Lets Make it Clear, Lyme is Here" Bottom Right: Posters for the Inaugural Worldwide Events - Sydney and Australian designs above. Huge thanks to Sim Hadad for the great looking posters and all the time put in to the individual designs.
See Below for more Photos of the Day
Huge thanks to the Sydney Co-ordinators - Sue Sherrat, Jodie Donnelly, Janice Foster and Karen Smith, as well as everyone that contributed and came along to help make this event so successful.
Shout Outs also to: Elaine for all her help with the political background and summary ; also to Elaine's mum, Eileen, who made a tremendous effort to come and help out on the day ; Tara Stevens and Ashleigh Williams-Smith for performing on the day ; Mal Pace for his entertaining speech ; Danielle Ryan for jumping on board with Jodie for the "Chants". Huge Thanks to all.
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"'BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN " Tara wrote this song as a reflection of her younger sister Shannon and herself get sicker and sicker with this Lyme. Its both amazing and sad and shows the strength of the broken and sick people. Due to traffic the recording at the event was not the best, below is a pre-recording of Tara singing the song.
Right These Wrongs: Lyme Theme Song written by Emily Madden, was sang at four events around Australia.
Many thanks to: Tara Stevens and Ashleigh Williams-Smith (opposite) who performed the song at the Sydney Protest, Friday May 10th 2013. Thank you also to Mal Pace for the raw footage of the below u-tube clip.
See below also for another song performed by Tara.
Wes Taylor preparing for radio show " After Dinner Mint". Click on the link below for his feature article published in Megaphone Oz.
Many Thanks also to Wes Taylor for coming along, doing interviews , and learning more about Lyme. See below for the podcast interviews and article Wes put together. If you get the opportunity - please be sure to pass on your thanks to Wes at "After Dinner Mint" with Wes. 99.7 on the FM dial or streaming at www.2ssr.com.au 6PM every Wednesday
The above are recorded interviews from: Karen Smith, Betty, Brad Mendiata, Mualla McManus and Danielle Ryan
Photos opposite thanks to : Kaz Tozek , Danielle Ryan, Mal Pace, Ryan Hollings, Mandi Loren, Rianna pearson, Tammy Petrov and Tracey Winner
Event Poster and Further Information
Further Information: Speakers will include: Mualla McManus (Karl McManus Foundation), Dr Kate Wood, Mal Pace, Sue Sherrat, Jodie Donnelly, Janice Foster and Karen Smith. Danielle Ryan (Sydney's/ Australia's first Lyme protest organiser) will also be joining Jodie in leading the crowd in chants.
Two talented teenage Lymies, Tara Stevens and Ashleigh Williams-Smith will perform Emily Madden's Song - "Right These Wrongs" that was originally written for the Worldwide Lyme Protest by Emily. Tara Stevens will also perform Beautifully Broken, which she wrote about watching her sister become sicker, and also living with Lyme herself.
NSW: Metro: Sydney :NSW Health
Co-ordinators: Sue Sherrat, Jodie Donnelly, Janice Foster (National Co-ordinator) Karen Smith (International Rep/National Co-ordinator) Event: Protest Location: NSW Health; 73 Miller Street, North Sydney Date& Time: Friday 10th May, 4.00pm