BRING­ING THE MELODY

In­spir­ing young mu­si­cians

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - James Liveris [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

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.

PHOTO: JAMES LIVERIS

HAR­MO­NIOUS TUNES: Bethany Pren­tice and Kailah Ph­ef­fer, of Chin­chilla Chris­tian Col­lege, en­joy their new vi­o­lins thanks to the Ru­ral Aid Gift of Mu­sic ini­tia­tive.

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