NRGH Child Life Specialist, Kelly Raymond, explains why this gift will be so meaningful, “Music can make a difference to the health of children. It is a way to communicate emotions and also interact with other young people facing similar health issues; it is therapeutic and sometimes the first time a young person has had a hands-on experience with music. This gift will make an enormous difference in what we are able to offer children going through the healing process.” Long & McQuade donated guitars and ukuleles to the Paediatric Unit earlier this year when a client staying in hospital reported that there was only a single broken guitar in the Unit. When Raymond stopped by the Nanaimo Long & McQuade store on Comox Road to discuss the Music Therapy Fundraising Drive staff surprised her with an electric keyboard to add to the instruments they had already donated.
Nanaimo store manager, Jason Friesen, added “This is Long & McQuade’s way of giving to our community and ensuring that children and youth have an opportunity to feel the healing power of music. Our network of musicians in Nanaimo and Victoria are a compassionate group who will see the importance of supporting this undertaking. We know what music can do.” To learn more about Long & McQuade’s community commitment visit www.long-mcquade.com