Strings from the Heart

The Problem

When I was first asked by my church to do a classical guitar concert (I was 10 at the time), I agreed and decided that I wanted it to benefit other children. It wasn't long before I decided to raise money for children with cancer. The second concert I performed for charity was for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NJ. Therefore, the community that I am helping is the community of children with cancer or who are fighting a life threatening illness.

Plan of Action

There were many steps to creating this project. The second concert was a little easier since I had the experience from doing the first one and I used that experience to raise even more money the second time around. The first thing was to come up with a name and I liked my first choice of "Strings from the Heart". Then I had to secure a date with my church and once that was done I had to find sponsors that would absorb the costs of making posters and some of the costs involved in putting on an event. I found that many people I knew wanted to help in some way. It was important for me to donate all the money and not use any proceeds to pay for things like mailings and posters. Once that was all worked out I had to plan and memorize the music, and perfect it over the course of a year and a half. The summer before the event, I, and a the greatest group of volunteers ever, began putting up posters and giving out flyers to advertise it plus I submitted the concert information on several websites that offered a free posting. It was awesome to have the help of some very good friends that were willing to do anything to help in order to make it a success. You can never take on such a project without support and help from people that you can count on. I think I made an impact on several levels. First I made an impact with the people who helped and attended the concert because there was just a feeling of overall joy and happiness with everyone involved. All my buddies from school volunteered to help out that day along with my best friend and the people who attended loved the music and also loved the Make-A-Wish Foundation. People wanted to give to the cause and there were also other kids that were inspired by the music and decided to take up playing an instrument. Some kids that loved the idea of helping other kids decided to do their own projects! I was impacted by the generosity of friends, family and even strangers who helped, donated and cared enough to help me because they appreciated what I was doing.

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