Donations help students get grooving

Donations help students get grooving

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Just Brass participants Harper Dankova and Kyla Gray. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

A musical program that gives children in disadvantaged areas a chance to pick up an instrument would cease to exist without community support and donations. 

Weekly music program Just Brass operates under the Salvation Army’s vast network of community services. 

Armadale Corps lieutenant Ben Hollis said the program costs about $50,000 a year to run and relies solely on funding through donation drives such as the annual Red Shield Appeal. 

“The Salvation Army gives kids access to an instrument, free lessons and music,” he said. 

“Through the weekly band rehearsal the students learn how to work as a team, gain a sense of belonging and leadership while having fun through it all.” 

Mr Hollis said students also saw academic improvements. 

“We are excited to have 28 new kids start this term and are looking forward to continuing to invest in the lives of kids by teaching them music,” he said. 

“Students improve their self-esteem by creating a pathway of achievement for them and being able to perform for family and friends.” 

The Red Shield Appeal raises money for a number of social and community services including family welfare assistance, disability programs, youth drop-in centres and homeless shelters.

The annual doorknock will take place from May 13 to June 2.