In its continued celebration of Canada’s foundation, Sun Life Financial has expanded the scope of its musical instrument lending program to more libraries across the country.
The company has revealed that its Musical Instrument Lending Library program is now available at the Calgary Public Library’s Memorial Park location. Anyone with a valid library card can borrow a wide range of musical instruments.
Earlier this year, the company began its lending program in commemoration of Canada’s 150th birthday – Calgary is currently the fourth city in the country to be a part of the program.
“Music can have a profound impact on a person’s life and being able to share and make music is something everyone deserves to experience,” said Sun Life Financial assistant vice-president of philanthropy and sponsorships Paul Joliat. “At Sun Life, we understand the importance of building healthy, sustainable communities and we are thrilled to be able to increase access to music through this program.”
“Music, like reading, is a gateway to the wider world of creativity and ideas,” said Calgary Public Library CEO Bill Ptacek. “The Library, through the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library program, is bringing arts and culture to more Calgarians. We are grateful for Sun Life Financial’s continued investment in the Library and to arts and culture in our city.”
According to a release, Sun Life will be making a $140,000 philanthropic donation to the Calgary Public Library Foundation to help fund the operating costs. In addition, the company is donating 150 instruments and accessories to the Memorial Park Library. Sun Life has also created seven short instructional videos to assist individuals with the use and care of the instruments.
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