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VIDEO: MI brands pledge support for Ukuleles for Ukraine charity

Daniel Gumble
VIDEO: MI brands pledge support for Ukuleles for Ukraine charity

A number of MI brands recently joined forces with the Ukuleles for Ukraine campaign to help supply ukuleles to children’s homes in the Ukraine. And this week, organisers have released a short film documenting their efforts.

The project, which is aimed at providing music and aid for Ukrainian orphans, was launched in 2015 by Portsmouth-based musician by Quinn Boylan, who, along with music activist and professional music teacher Mark Griffiths headed to Ukraine to teach 100 children how to play ukulele.

Their work was aided significantly by several MI brands, among them, Octopus Ukulele, Alfred Music and D’Addario, who each donated instruments and accessories to the cause.

Ukulele manufacturer Octopus Ukulele made an initial donation of 100 ukuleles, with a commitment to on-going support for the campaign.
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Adele Caton, director of marketing at Octopus Ukulele, said: “Octopus is delighted to contribute to this excellent cause, and to help create a long-term impactful partnership which will offer a musical opportunity to those who might not otherwise get that chance."

Meanwhile, Alfred Music contributed 95 Daisy Rock Girls’ Guitars and D’Addario submitted a variety of strings, tuners and accessories for the children.

Ron Manus, CEO of Alfred Music said: “Alfred Music was very happy to contribute to this cause helping to strengthen a music program that will provide music-making opportunities for young people that may otherwise not receive an education in music.”

Elaine Smith, marketing manager at D’Addario UK, said: “D’Addario was totally happy to contribute to this worthy cause. Being able to help provide equipment for lessons is a privilege and Quinn’s enthusiasm and dedication to this project is commendable.”

Commenting on the Ukuleles for Ukraine documentary film, Boylan said: "We are hoping this documentary shines a light on conditions for roughly 100,000 orphans and social orphans in Ukraine. We encourage people to get out and volunteer and impart their skills. It would be amazing if families watching are inspired to adopt a child into a loving home. We aim to raise funds to continue supplying these orphanages and install computer facilities to enable a 21st century standard of education."

Check out the video below. 

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