BRINGING THE MELODY
Inspiring young musicians
RURAL Aid volunteers arrived in Chinchilla on Monday determined to deliver the gift of music to rural centres just in time for Christmas.
Students from Tara Shire State College, Chinchilla State High School, Chinchilla State School and Chinchilla Christian College received instruments and a range of other educational tools kindly donated on behalf of Rural Aid’s Gift of Music program to grow their school music programs and inspire young children to learn new skills.
CEO Charles Alder said the Gift of Music arm of the charity was a fantastic initiative to encourage school-aged children to learn a new musical instrument.
“Through consultations with our rural communities it came to our attention that there existed a substantial need for musical instruments in our school communities – especially in remote areas,” he said.
“We asked Australians to donate their spare musical instruments, which were then cleaned and are now set to be redistributed to schools in rural areas.
“Music is a powerful tool, it can move, motivate, inspire, comfort and assist learning – a facts that is recognised internationally.”
Mr Alder said some of the instruments donated had come from their relationship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, which identified the needs of talented students during their recent regional tour to Chinchilla.
“Our purpose is to support members of disadvantaged schools and rural communities who have battled through so much already, like the harsh droughts, fires and destructive Queensland storms,” he said.
Rural Aid general manager Wayne Thomson said it was a fantastic opportunity to bring Christmas cheer to local communities in western Queensland.
“Along with the donated instruments, we have brought Christmas presents to help out in the form of stationery supplies, educational toys and an iPad for each school,” Mr Thomson said.
“Our Gift of Music initiative is a great opportunity for city schools and families to spare an instrument – like that forgotten guitar or clarinet that has been in the cupboard or under the bed and hasn’t been played for a while.
“In addition, former music teachers and volunteers have registered with us to help support the initiative, with the plan for them to visit rural schools in their retirement to share and continue their passion for music.
“We want to inspire a new generation of music students and teachers in rural areas.”
If you want to become involved in the Gift of Music campaign, contact the Rural Aid office on 1300 327 624.
HARMONIOUS TUNES: Bethany Prentice and Kailah Pheffer, of Chinchilla Christian College, enjoy their new violins thanks to the Rural Aid Gift of Music initiative.