Jess Mauboy, Karl Stefanovic and Denis Handlin AM see Operation: Acoustic in action
13 JUN 2014
Sony Foundation ambassador Jess Mauboy visited The Children's Hospital at Westmead with TODAY host Karl Stefanovic and Sony Music Chairman and CEO, Denis Handlin AM, to pay a special visit to patients on Friday.
Jess, Karl and Denis witnessed firsthand the power of Sony Foundation's bedside music program, Operation: Acoustic, which sees the healing power of music delivered through live acoustic entertainment for hospital patients.
Operation: Acoustic sees volunteer, amateur musicians head to The Children's Hospital at Westmead fortnightly to perform one-on-one to patients.
On Friday, Operation: Acoustic volunteer Tash Eloise, 19, performed.
"It's amazing to be part of Operation: Acoustic, I feel so grateful to be able to give the gift of music to those who need it most," Tash said.
The intimate connection formed between performer and patient always brings a smile to those on the wards.
"The Sony Foundation is proud to support young people in need of assistance, said Denis Handlin AM, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, Australia and New Zealand and President, Asia.
"Operation Acoustic brings music and people together in a very special way, and it is amazing to see something so simple have such a positive impact."
The sessions are not aimed to deliver therapy or treatment; they are solely about the music.
Sony Foundation has been running Operation: Acoustic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead with great success since 2012. The program also runs fortnightly at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.