Every year, for the last nine years, Long & McQuade have orchestrated a Music Therapy Fundraising “Drive” across Canada. In-store donations collected between November 1st and December 31st are delivered to children’s hospitals across the country; in return customers received a $5 rental coupon and the knowledge they helped the most vulnerable patients. On Vancouver Island, the Victoria and Nanaimo Long & McQuade stores direct their funds to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for the Paediatric Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).
This year, the stores collected a record $5,450 together. Nanaimo Manager, Jason Friesen, gave credit to staff at both stores, but gave special thanks to the efforts of the Victoria branch Manager Mike Arensen and his team. However, he emphasized the fact Long & McQuade could not help without the generosity of the clients. Both stores are keen to support a local Island hospital and this donation to NRGH brings their total to more than $12,000 over the last four years.
The Nanaimo store also delivers a multitude of musical instruments throughout the year, and this year it did not disappoint; Jason presented two ukuleles to Kelly Raymond, Child Life Specialist at NRGH, along with the donation. During its nine year history, the Long & McQuade Music Therapy Fund has raised a total of $750,000 for sick children across the country.edit.