I was lucky enough to photograph two very inspirational ladies this morning, as they presented a cheque for Bds$100,000 (US$50,000) to the Music in Schools programme on behalf of The Multi National Fair and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.
Sharon and Sharen spearheaded The Multi National Fair Goes Green.
This Fair was held in November 2014, under the auspices of Be the Change Barbados, a nonprofit volunteer-run organization committed to turning the tide of the future of Barbados. I was Coordinator for the Community Service Centrer at the Fair, which you can read more about here.
Over 5,000 people attended The Fair and the event raised money for various charity initiatives in Barbados. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation pledged to match the amount raised for the Music in Schools Programme, which follows the Foundation's objectives of nurturing and encouraging young artists and musicians of all backgrounds and abilities to give them a start in music and instills life skills of confidence and collaboration that will be so important for their future development.
The strings program was started in 2001 by Joy Knight-Lynch in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and the National Cultural Foundation. To date, 1500 children have been exposed to playing either violin, viola, cello or double bass. Due to lack of replacement instruments and funding for repairs and additional tutors, numbers have fallen to approximately 150 students in five schools playing strings. Training of these young musicians not only gives the children a feeling of self-worth, but also provides an outlet for expression of their wealth of talent while honing that talent to be enjoyed by people who love music.
To see the hard work of every single person who was involved in the Fair pay off [literally] was pretty amazing, especially when surrounded by hundreds of adorable faces who will benefit from this programme.
It was a pretty great way to end the week!