The Merck Sharp and Dohme International Neighbour of Choice Grants Programme provides support for philanthropic initiatives that are consistent with MSD’s strategic priorities and interests and that address critical community and quality of life issues.
This year’s recipients included the “Lets Make Music” project at Ardfinnan National School and David O’Connell (Plant Manager), William Madden (HR Director) and Joe Ryan from MSD Ireland (Ballydine) visited the school recently to present the donation of €17,300 to School Principal, Ms. Mairead Condon.
The aim of Ardfinnan’s “Lets Make Music” project is to allow every child receive musical tuition and now thanks to the MSD Neighbour of Choice Programme every child in first and second class will receive 30 lessons during the school year.
Playing music is a very enjoyable experience for children. It affords children an alternative way of expressing their emotions and themselves and enhances their listening skills and self-esteem. Children with a hidden musical talent particularly benefit. This project sets out to unlock all of these. Playing music is a life-skill that will benefit not only the individual but society in general as it breaks down barriers and helps social integration.