Earlier this month we got a request from the Mirabel Foundation to donate a violin to a seven year old girl in Victoria. It was not an unusual request, as the ACMF has built an active partnership with Mirabel over the years and often supplies instruments to children they have identified as in need.
Mirabel is the only children’s charity in Australia that specifically addresses the needs of children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug use.
In order for them to reach their full potential as adults, Mirabel supports children aged 0-17 years, working at restoring their sense of self-worth, belonging and hope. Sentiments in which the ACMF also strongly believes.
Given that the ACMF is a charity of hope dedicated to changing young lives, we are always eager to assist Mirabel wherever and whenever we can.
We know from research, academic opinion and our own experiences that engaging the young in music, particularly those on the wrong side of advantage, can bring about many benefits.
For children who sadly fall into the Mirabel criteria, it has been proven that music can in particular:
- Improve mental health
- Develop self esteem
- Validate self worth
- Offer a healing environment
- Encourage children to express their feelings and fears
The violin, like the many musical instruments before it, was happily delivered and we like to imagine a little girl, whose life will be changed through the power of music holding it.
Visit their website to find out more www.mirabelfoundation.org.au