SUPPORTING DISASTER-AFFECTED SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES
Areas of Australia have been devastated by unprecedented drought, and catastrophic fire conditions – causing tragic loss of life, property, and extreme grief.
As the situation continues, and further risks to homes and livelihoods are forecast for summer – The Australian Children’s Music Foundation wishes to offer its support to affected schools and communities.
The ACMF has in the past, offered support in response to crisis situations (such as droughts and fires) – most notably in the aftermath of the Victorian Bushfires of 2009, which left many schools ravaged and desolate. Some schools went on to become long-term beneficiaries of ACMF music programs and instruments.
We commend the efforts of every fire fighter, volunteer, and community member who has lent a hand to victims of these recent disasters. Through our work, we have witnessed first-hand the way music has the power to uplift the spirits of those in need of solace and hope – not just for school children, but community members, young and old.
The ACMF operates in many schools in rural and regional areas, including children in the Taree Schools Group. We recognise that such devastation can have severe emotional impact on its victims.
As a non-profit foundation, we offer the healing power of music, which in a practical and significant way – provides a sense of safety and community to those people whose land, buildings, homes, and broken spirits must be rebuilt.
Music allows children to chance to healthily express their emotions, gain self confidence, and restore hope.
If your school has been affected by the recent fire disasters, you can contact the ACMF to discuss what support may be available.
Schools can register their interest in the ACMF delivering either instruments and/or music programs to help support the children and community emotionally and psychologically in the new year.