It’s said the more you practice the better you play. However, whilst undoubtedly practice makes perfect, a group of young pianists is hoping it can also benefit a well-known children’s cancer charity.
During the last two weeks, no less than 19 local players – aged between 7 and 17 – have been fine-tuning their performance skills and, at the same time, raising money for CLIC Sargent through a two-week ‘practice-a-thon’.
Over the past fortnight, the young musicians have collected sponsorships in exchange for practicing every day. Later today, a concert will take place at Sgoil Lionacleit, where more fundraising will take place.
Piano teacher Olwen MacLeod, who tutors some of the children taking part, is organising the event.
She said: “I saw the event idea publicised through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), the organisation that runs piano exams.
“I thought it was a great idea for a very good cause. You get a fundraising pack and lots of support to organise your event. People across the country have done a variety of things, including singing, dancing and playing musical instruments.”
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. It provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to enable young people to cope with cancer and get the most out of life.
CLIC Sargent supports patients from diagnosis onwards, aiming to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.
Practice-a-thon events are being held across the country, often culminating in concerts, many being timed to tie in with Christmas shows at schools.
The event marking the end of the practice-a-thon will take place in Room 7, Sgoil Lionacleit, at 2pm on Saturday 22nd November.
Olwen added: “As well as performances, there will be other fundraising activities such as a raffle and home-baking.”
More details about the national event can be found at clicsargent.org.uk/practiceathon.
Make your way to Sgoil Lionacleit at 2pm today to support the young fundraisers.