We're pleased to be able to confirm that our recent fundraising drive for Sistema Aotearoa has raised $11,000 and has lead to over 50 instrument donations from Operatunity Patrons.
Sistema Aotearoa's Programme Manager Ros Giffney has asked us to pass on their gratitude at the incredibly generous donation from our Daytime Concert Family:
'Assuring the sustainability of our work in Otara is of prime concern and knowing that we have the backing of people like your audience and organisations like Operatunity in the community is humbling and very encouraging. Without it we simply wouldn’t be able to offer these students this chance.'
Sistema Aotearoa focuses on children with the fewest resources and greatest need and engages with, and delivers across, diverse sectors within the Ōtara community. Having begun in 2011 with 95 students, in 2017 over 1100 young people between 2yrs- 14yrs will receive high quality musical instruction within a safe, and supportive atmosphere. The Sistema Aotearoa programme helps these young people develop aspiration, concentration, leadership skills, and confidence. The programme has proven impact on the parenting skills and involvement in their child’s education with young people more focussed on their learning and their parents more involved with supporting their child. Students score more highly in reading and mathematics after 2 years in the programme, than children not participating - and that advancement is maintained. In short – it gives the kids involved a kick-start in their lives.
If you'd like to donate a musical instrument that might be languishing in a cupboard somewhere, please get in touch with our Operatunity office on 0508 266 237 or [email protected]