March 6, 2015
Gord Bamford Donates $10,000 to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital's Music Therapy Program
On Friday March 6, country music star Gord Bamford was serenaded upon his arrival at Holland Bloorview by dozens of hat-wearing, smiling inpatients and their families. Bamford, a 19-time Canadian Country Music Association award winner and two-time Juno Award nominee, visited Holland Bloorview to present a $10,000 donation to music therapy programs at the hospital. The gift was made possible by the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation, which provides funds for initiatives that are involved in music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.
The cheque was presented to Tracey Bailey, President and CEO, Holland Bloorview Foundation. The presentation was followed by a performance by Bamford and by kids at Holland Bloorview.
At Holland Bloorview, one of the innovative therapies used in children’s rehabilitation is music therapy. Holland Bloorview pioneered the use of music therapy in children’s rehabilitation over 50 years ago.
Holland Bloorview’s biomedical engineers have created adapted music technologies, such as the Virtual Music Instrument, that have facilitated music-making for kids with disabilities. This hospital has seen how music therapy provides many benefits to children, including pain relief and stress reduction as well as improvements in physical strength and motor control.
Recent research indicates that music therapy can be an important aid in a child’s neurological rehabilitation and at the same time help a child develop socialization and communication skills. Holland Bloorview is currently focused on enhancing the music therapy program for children with acquired brain injuries and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Thank you Gord Bamford for continuing to support Holland Bloorview’s Music Therapy Program!