Dear Friend of the Foundation
The Field Band Foundation has reopened its central offices at the start of our massive “Fit for Purpose” year. This year marks our 20th of making “Music for Life!” – a journey that has seen more than 50 000 young South Africans pass through our lifeskills and musical training programmes.
It is an enormous achievement, and it is one that belongs to many people, both within the formal Foundation, and among our broader Foundation Family of supporters in South Africa, and across the world. We thank every one of you, deeply, for your part in this.
We will celebrate these two decades through this year, culminating in four regional gatherings of Field Bands through the country, and a special supporters’ celebration, in October, while also announcing important “step-up-rollouts” of our work, the start of a redesign of how we operate. In this, we are working with main partners to deepen the positive long-term effects of Field Band Foundation activities and of their inter-generational outcomes.
While some may feel that ours is a country best described in “hashtags-and-falling”, our actual destiny is more clearly seen in the youngsters who have raised the flag and marched in FBF formations, changing the future of us all.
They do this with the sureness that comes from you walking alongside. What a thing to behold, in many places already and others yet to come, of tomorrow’s positive realisation being fashioned by our youth. It is your and our story too, and profoundly so: #FBF-SouthAfricaARISE!
Indeed, we have a good year ahead, friends, and we look forward to this next part of our exciting journey together, as we continue on to a tomorrow of promise that South Africa will realise.
With warm wishes
Nicky du Plessis
Chief Executive Officer