£1,000 - £2,000
The Zombies - autographed Yamaha Pacifica electric guitar, signed by various members of The Zombies to include Colin Blunstone, Jim Rodford, Steve Rodford, Rod Argent, Chris White, Hugh Grundy and Tom Toomey, dated 17-9-15, within a Westone hard case
*Sold for charity to benefit Tom Toomey's Music for Africa.
The Music For Africa mission is to bring music in to the every day lives of young people in South Africa. We aim to provide young people with life enhancing access to music, particularly those in marginalized and subsistence level communities who otherwise would have no such opportunities, as a result of the apartheid era.
We’re doing so much more than teaching kids to play guitar. We’re also developing their pride and self esteem; we’re nurturing their determination and ambition as well as giving them a possible means of earning a living. 75% of our students who enter for music examinations with Trinity College of Music have achieved merits or distinctions and this is reflected in their school work.
We encourage all our pupils to progress to Trinity College Music Exams and they achieve extraordinary results. Since 2004, 51 students have taken Grades 1-3. They’ve achieved one pass, 30 merits and an amazing 20 distinctions! In 2006 one pupil achieved a Trinity College ‘Highest Grade’ and Bronze Medal Award and in 2007 this was followed by two more pupils receiving the award. This is no easy feat as the Bronze Medal Award is one of the highest accolades achievable.
More recently, three students have achieved music degrees at Kwazulu Natal University in Durban with outstanding results. Tom Toomey's vision has always been if he could help change the life of ONE person his job was done. This has happened a hundred fold thankfully.
Music for Africa is essentially a very small (but mighty) charity that donates 100% of donations and all net profits direct to projects.
It has no paid staff and is entirely reliant on voluntary support. In addition, any advertising costs incurred directly impact the amount we can spend on projects.