Realizing IFRM's mission statement "...to promote music through school and community projects," the Fellowship moved ahead in 2007 to fund three projects.
Grenada, West Indies
The inaugural project was the re-establishment of the music program at St. Andrew's RC School in Grenada. Wind and flood from two consecutive hurricanes destroyed all musical instruments at the school. When IFRM member Peter Sotheran (RC of Guisborough and Great Ayton, England) contacted IFRM about the school's needs, the Fellowship responded with a grant to purchase needed instruments and music books. A supplemental IFRM grant, matched by community funds, provided monies for a steel band for the school's music program.
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Winds and floods from Hurricane Katrina destroyed all the musical instruments at McDonogh 15 School for the Creative Arts in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Serving over 400 kindergarten through eighth grade students, this arts magnet school was devastated by the effects of the hurricane. In a joint venture with Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, IFRM purchased six trumpets for the school's band. This grant, combined with the Opus' grant, re-established McDonogh''s music program.
Lastly, joining Rotary Club Manila 101 in the Philippines and the Fremont, Union City, Newark (FUN) RC, IFRM contributed monies to fund age-appropriate music books, CDs, and DVDs for a mobile media center (van) that will service low income pre-school children in two Greater Manila barrios (aka neighborhoods).
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Our precedent-making projects extend music literacy throughout the Rotary World. Matching needs to IFRM resources is just one way that our Fellowship responds to these special needs. But, it is not just about money! Do you have any of the following resources that you could donate?