Natalie Saarimaki from the Palgrave Rotary presents a cheque for $2000 to Howard Phee, Chairman of the Board for the Meaghan Zaremba Music Room. The Rotary has supported this worthwhile community program for several years which provides music as therapy to people in the community with physical and mental challenges.
The Palgrave Rotary proudly supports The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room for disabled individuals. After learning the funds were short during a month long campaign to raise money for this important community program, the Rotarians went on a mission.
They visited The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room which operates from Tisho's Music Academy and made a $2000 donation to help them towards their $30,000 target. The Palgrave Rotary is appealing to the business community to donate to this worthy cause during the Christmas season.
"Krysta Cadden, Youth Director/President Elect, with Palgrave Rotary extends a challenge to the community on behalf of herself and the Club to support this wonderful program! "It is through the support of the wonderful people and businesses of Caledon that organizations like this can continue. Please consider making a donation this holiday season in lieu of exchanging gifts or on behalf of your employees. Every cent counts!"
Pictured here from left to right are: Mary Balinov, Director of Tisho's Music Academy, Derek Clark Community Director of the Palgrave Rotary, and Elizabeth Rustja, Incoming Youth Director, President Elect Krysta Cadden, Danielle Zaremba and Meaghan Zaremba.
The community of Caledon comes together every month of November to bring awareness and raise funds for one of their very own – Meaghan Zaremba. After being involved in a serious car accident at the age of five and suffering a severe brain injury, Meaghan took to music as a way to rehabilitate. Her recovery was remarkable and her inspiration to help others with mental and physical disabilities lead to the birth of the Meaghan Zaremba Music Room.
The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room operates out of Tisho’s Music Academy and is a resource for those with mental and physical challenges. It currently supports over 55 special needs individuals and partners with three community organizations and we need your help to keep the room open. Donations are being accepted to help pay for space and to replace aging instruments but most importantly, to set up a scholarship fund to support special needs individuals, like Dawn Janes.
About a year ago, Dawn was introduced to the Meaghan Zaremba Music Room through Brampton Caledon Community Living and was offered a scholarship for private music lessons in addition to her weekly community group visits. Since joining the music room, she has become less withdrawn, more self-confident and willing to try new things. You can often catch her singing and dancing along to the latest tunes.
This November, Caledon’s local businesses will have donation slips at their retail locations so patrons can offer what they can to help more individuals like Meaghan. The Janes’ family is also hosting a raffle this month for a pair of Toronto Maple Leaf tickets, a pair of Barrie Colts tickets, and a mystery prize.
If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about the program, contact Mary Balinov, Director, Tisho’s Music Academy, at 905-951-7416, or [email protected] You can also donate to the Meaghan Zaremba Music Room by visiting the GoFundMe page.
On February 29, 2016, CityTV's Breakfast Television stopped by The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room to help bring awareness to their mission. To encourage fundraising, Meaghan promised to have her head shaved on live television. Thanks to a collection of generous community sponsors, Meaghan met her goal of raising $15,000 and Live Eye Host, Jennifer Valentyne was on site to document the milestone.
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