The Musical Moments Trust was established in memory of an inspirational little boy who – regardless of his treatment and all that was happening around him – positively embraced life, always radiating joy to those around him. Yellow was his favourite colour and one vital resource that assisted him with having a positive attitude was music. Whether he was singing or dancing, music always brought a smile to his face.
Music can be a great source of enjoyment, comfort and self-expression for children during their treatment, particularly in times of isolation. Music therapy is a fantastic way for them to express how they feel where words are too difficult.
While music therapy is offered to patients during their time in hospital, once a child goes home they no longer have access to this hugely beneficial service.
Challenge has established the Musical Moments Trust Scholarship, which is offered to primary-school-aged children to fund positive musical experiences for them as they move through their treatment and beyond.
Past recipients have enjoyed private and group music lessons, home visits from a music therapist, musical instruments and the chance to create and record a song with a musician.
Applications are due at the end of the Term 1 and Term 3, with funding awarded in May and October.
Each year, Challenge also encourages schools around Victoria to host ‘A Day in May’ – an annual campaign for primary schools, kindergartens and child care centres. All proceeds raised go towards the Musical Moments Trust, which enables Challenge to continue this scholarship, providing children living with cancer funding to access music based activities. It costs $500 to provide one Musical Moments Scholarship, so fundraisers like ‘A Day in May’ are vital to the delivery of this service.
If you would like to apply for the Musical Moments Trust Scholarship, you can either complete it online OR download the form to handwrite your application, and then send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any additional queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.