SOUND OF MUSIC: South Burnett schools will come together to play with the Australian Army Band, Brisbane.
SOUND OF MUSIC: South Burnett schools will come together to play with the Australian Army Band, Brisbane. Rural Aid Australia

Why region's schools are being given gifts worth $50,000

SEVEN schools from across the region will receive a boost when Rural Aid visits the region today.

Eighteen schools, from Kingaroy, Murgon, Yarraman, Nanango and Coolabunia, will receive $50,000 worth of musical instruments and Lego thanks to the organisation's Gift of Music program.

The schools will gather at Kingaroy State High School to take part in workshops with the Australia Army Band, Brisbane, and be presented with the generous gifts.

Rural Aid general manager Wayne Thompson said he knew first-hand the positive effects music could make in somebody's life.

"My son started playing on a borrowed trombone in Grade 5 at Yandina,” Mr Thompson said.

"Now he plays with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and is performing on stages all over the world.

"Maybe a child will come along tomorrow and get inspired.

"They might only play for their family, or they could end up on the big stages, but at least they were given the opportunity to do so.”

Mr Thompson said when Rural Aid members visited schools, they were also able to look after children during tougher times.

"We always talk about the farmer, but what about their families and wider community?” Mr Thompson said.

"For us it's about looking at the situation from a holistic point of view.

"Rural Aid does things like Buy a Bale and water rescue drops but what about the kids?

"We were down at another school and the principal said a lot of the children were dealing with very adult things at home such as dead animals or money stresses.

"Coming into the schools with the instruments and hosting workshops gives them the chance to play and it is what gets us up in the morning.

"You can't buy those moments when you see kids with huge smiles on their faces.”

Rural Aid works with donors help support people in rural and regional areas.

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