Great news! The The Sandhouse Stompers Coast to Coast Mardi Gras 2016 has raised £4385, smashing last year’s total and making a HUGE contribution to our ability to sustain Favela Brass. This is an ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE boost to the project!
Not only that, the Stompers also managed to secure a donation of 3 plastic trumpets (pTrumpets) and 2 plastic trombones (pBones) from Warwick music – with a total UK value of £835. That means that all told a value of £5,220 was raised for the project – an amazing feat! (and donations are still trickling in)
Favela Brass has had quite a bit of media attention recently, and a variation of the same question generally comes up every time: “how does a Yorkshire man end up running a music school for kids in a favela in Rio de Janeiro?” It seems a bit bizarre at first glance, but there is a link.
I benefited from a great music education, courtesy of Doncaster Music Service and Doncaster Youth Jazz Association and have come to realize, even more with hindsight, the incredible value of music education for children, whatever their background – both for the children involved and for their local communities.
That is what eventually led me to start a music school in a favela and I have no doubt that it is exactly the same feeling that inspired the 8 professional musician friends that make up the Sandhouse Stompers to clear two weeks of their diary to walk and play their way across the UK to raise money for Favela Brass, and inspired such a generous response from our donors.
On behalf of the children, teachers and families of the Favela Brass, then, I would like to thank the walkers, the special guests, all who helped along the way, all those who kindly donated and came along to support the walkers during their shows, all who helped to arrange the pre and post-walk fundraisers, UK charity Volunteer in Brazil for their support, and especially Stuart Garside for creating and organizing the whole event. This really will make a HUGE difference!
Some debts of gratitude are impossible to repay, and this clearly falls under that category. The best I can do is run Favela Brass to the best of my ability and see that the money is used in the best possible way to provide the kind of opportunity that we had to a group of Brazilian children who sorely need it.
I only hope that the story of Favela Brass can one day justice to your generosity.
Thank you all,