Amber Adams of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation is serenaded by the Nanaimo Long and McQuade staff at the launch of its seventh annual Music Therapy fundraising drive. From left are Scott MacLeod

Amber Adams of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation is serenaded by the Nanaimo Long and McQuade staff at the launch of its seventh annual Music Therapy fundraising drive. From left are Scott MacLeod

Nanaimo’s sick kids receive instruments

NANAIMO – The seventh annual Long and McQuade Music Therapy fundraising drive is now underway.

The seventh annual Long and McQuade Music Therapy fundraising drive is now underway.

All Long and McQuade stores will be collecting donations at branches across the country until Dec. 31. In return, customers will receive a $5 rental coupon.

Since initiating the Music Therapy fundraising drive in 2007, Long and McQuade has raised $325,000 for sick kids across Canada.

Last year, Nanaimo manager, Jason Friesen, and Victoria Long and McQuade manager Shaun Wilson joined forces and directed their donations toward the pediatric unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

The two managers decided to continue the new tradition by doing the same this year in order to keep their donation local.

The Nanaimo hospital does not have a formal music therapy program, so donations will pay for the purchase of music-related items that will give children and youth staying in hospital a musically creative outlet.

Visit the Long and McQuade store at 620 Comox Rd. or visit www.long-mcquade.com.