Shawn Mendes introduced a $1 million dedication from his Shawn Mendes Foundation Canada to fund the launch of the “Wonder of Music” program on Thursday (Sept. 15). The effort is described as a “comprehensive music therapy program” on the Hospital for Sick Children (SickChildren) in Toronto, which can help a wide range of music remedy actions, together with songwriting, customized lullabies, music schooling and the creation of authentic items of music set to the rhythm of a affected person’s heartbeat.
“SickKids is a very special place to me and my hometown of Toronto, and I’m so honored to support such an important program,” Mendes, 24, stated in a press release in regards to the progressive effort on the hospital, which the discharge famous typically serves as many infants’ and kids’s first publicity to music. “Music has made such a profound impact in my life and is no doubt a form of therapy to me. I can only hope the Wonder of Music Program will help SickKids patients, families, and staff benefit from its power as well.”
According to the discharge, Mendes was moved to commit the $1 million on behalf of his basis after listening to in regards to the SickChildren’ music remedy program, wherein music therapists work with infants, youngsters and youth through individualized music periods and songwriting to assist the kids deal with hospitalization.
“We are so grateful to Shawn and The Shawn Mendes Foundation Canada for their incredible support of SickKids and the music therapy program,” stated Carolyn Marshall, an authorized music therapist on the hospital. “For many children and families in the hospital, music therapy is an opportunity to express and process a complex range of emotions – such as anger, hurt, happiness, fear or hope – in a creative way. This generous gift will allow us to continue to support our patients through music.”
Toronto-native Mendes, who has a long-standing dedication to SickChildren, additionally introduced a brand new line of Martin guitars made with FSC-certified sustainable wooden and recycled supplies on Thursday, with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for the Wonder of Music program; a restricted quantity of the guitars can be found on Mendes’ online store.
In July, Mendes canceled his Wonder Tour as a consequence of what he stated have been ongoing psychological well being struggles.
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