By Marianne Curtis
Students participating in Music for Young Children have successfully collected enough pennies to raise $4,916 for the Fire Fighters Burn Fund in Manitoba.
According to Marilyn Unrau, Coordinator for Manitoba/NW Ontario, the group of students that participate in the program took part in “Pennies for Practicing”. The Burn Fund – which focuses on burn prevention and education, as well as improving the quality of life for burn survivors – was chosen as the recipient because of the character “Fireman Fred”, the name given to represent the F key on the piano.
“This international event was held throughout North American in honor of the program’s 30th anniversary,” explained Unrau.
The organization chose to celebrate this milestone with a fundraising campaign, with proceeds going to the Burn Fund, added Unrau. They named their campaign “pennies for practicing”.
To raise the money, sponsors were sought and asked to pay the student one penny for every minute of practicing done over a period of four weeks. In many cases the teachers matched the funds raised by the students.
Music for Young Children is a program that teaches small groups of adults and children music skills and includes piano instruction, singing, rhythm ensembles, sight reading, ear training, theory and composition.
In addition, this year $3,294 was also raised and donated to the Mennonite Central Committee (Haiti Relief Fund) & Canada for Haiti by Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario MYC students.