Thank you to the wonderful people, largely South African and Zimbabwean, in Dubai who so warmly supported us with enthusiasm, encouragement and generosity.
I have so much gratitude to all that made this dream come true. Firstly to Charles Banks who sponsored our travel and accommodation. This was an enormous gesture of kindness,, compassion and caring for the less privileged in our area and we will be eternally grateful. We are grateful to every single person who contributed, be it simply buying a CD, or putting some coins in our busking box and to those who were more generous. I am particularly in awe and grateful to our children, who, along with their friends and colleague's contributed more than half of the monies raised for this amazing opportunity. Your caring, energy and support of us an our endeavors are simply "lump in the throat stuff" and we are eternally grateful to you all.
We are already busy with phase 2 of this project where we are planning to hire a premises in Wolseley town, source more instruments and get the next wave of youngsters trained in playing marimbas. We plan to establish the amaWolseley Cultural Association and start this with a marimba school and grow from here. You have all assisted us in achieving a dream thought impossible by many and have given us the tools to take this forward and to be able to leave a legacy of empowerment, and to be able to "Heal the world, one beat at a time". Words cannot express our gratitude to everyone.
The headmaster of Wolseley Sekonder, where the kids attend high school asked if the children could play at morning assembly so we were up early Monday and once again loading the instruments.
The band played the three songs that their peers knew best - Waka waka, Mamma Mia and Fireworks. They literally brought the house down and the rest of the children could not stay in their seats - they were up dancing and cheering and it was so good to see the positive effect that this band has had on their community, thanks to this wonderful opportunity that has been afforded them by the very kind and generous Charles Banks.
The plan is now for forge forward and implement phase two where we will secure a second set of marimbas, find a venue in Wolseley and employ the current band members to teach the next wave of marimba players. We fully believe this is possible. To this end we have already a applied for NPO status and submitted a business plan to get this program going.
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