Musicare Continues Their Invaluable Help
Once again we here at Instruments For Africa would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the good people at Musicare. Earlier this week we stopped in to pick up a couple of flutes that Musicare had cleaned and repaired for us only to find that Andrew Abraham and his amazing crew had a surprise for us.
Actually, they had a whole lot of surprises for us.
In addition to making the two flutes look and play like new, Andrew had collected for us an additional five trumpets and three violins, more than two-dozen music stands, a box full of extra mouthpieces and another full of valve oil, tons of band shirts, several boxes of instructional material and more! We packed the truck to the roof.
And this isn’t the first time this has happened, not by a longshot! Once we were picking up a half-dozen trumpets that Musicare had repaired for us and Andrew had nearly ten trombones waiting for us, another time he surprised us with a bunch of French horns. French horns!!!
Musicare has been cleaning and repairing concert band instruments for Instruments For Africa since the very beginning and it’s not an exaggeration to say that we really couldn’t do this without them. Add to that all the instruments and accessories that Andrew and the rest of the crew at Musicare has collected and donated to us over the years and, well, we really can’t thank them enough.
But we sure can can try: Thanks Musicare!
IFA Shipment Headed To Accra
Instruments For Africa is thrilled to announce that our latest shipment has left Ottawa and is officially on it’s way to Accra, Ghana!
It’s may not look like much, but these two crates measuring 7’ x 4’ x 4.5’ and weighing in at a combined total of 2,700lbs contain the collective effort and kindness of hundreds of people. They also contain 148 musical instruments and almost 650 music books and scores, not to mention countless drumsticks, guitar, bass, ‘cello and violin strings, music stands, tuners, metronomes, mouthpiece disinfectant, picks, cork grease, and thousands of brand-new saxophone and clarinet reeds courtesy of The D’Addario Foundation.
These instruments came from private donations and we would like to extend a humble and heartfelt thank-you to all the individuals who contributed to this shipment by donating your well-loved instruments, accessories and music books, and we’d like to offer a special thanks to the generous people who made financial contributions to our effort. Thank you all so very much.
Instruments For Africa would also like to single out Metro Music, Spaceman Music, and Lauzon Music for all of their continued support, Dave Skippen for contributing so much of his time and equipment getting all of our guitars ready for shipment, the staff at the Ghana High Commission for their cooperation, The D’Addario Foundation, Sennheiser Electronics, and the Ernest E. Guertin Foundation for their financial and product donations, and especially our first and most tireless sponsor, Musicare.
The very first email Instruments For Africa received when we began our initiative back in 2012 was from Musicare. It was an offer to inspect, clean, and service all the concert band instruments that would be donated to our organization and it’s because of their continued participation that we can be confident that the children in Africa will always find their new instruments in good working order and ready to be played. Not only does Musicare continue to service all of our band instrument donations, they also regularly set aside instruments to donate to our cause. Several trumpets, trombones and three (yes, three!) French horns included in this shipment were donated by Musicare. We cannot overstate our appreciation to everyone at Musicare and all they do for Instruments For Africa.