Maitland brothers Luke and Joe Martin are to be applauded for their efforts to help Aboriginal youngsters in the Northern Territory.
The brothers have teamed up with their dad, Chris, to put music into the lives of youngsters at the Yuendumu Aboriginal Community near Alice Springs.
But they can’t do it alone.
You see, the brothers hope to collect at least 30 guitars to take with them when they visit the Northern Territory later this month.
They plan to donate the guitars to the Yuendumu youth program, which offers a variety of sport and music programs to help steer indigenous youngsters away from a life of substance abuse and other antisocial behaviour.
A music recording studio has been set up for the youngsters and the donation of second-hand guitars from Maitland will give them an outlet for their talent.
Anyone wanting to donate a guitar can do so by dropping it off at Maitland Music Specialists in the River Walk Arcade, High Street or at the Maitland Mercury, 6/555 High Street (behind Genesis fitness centre).
Luke, a year 12 student at St Mary’s, and Joe, a year 10 student at St Peter’s, are a credit to their family, school and community.
When nominations are called for the city’s next Junior Citizen of the Year, it is hoped their names will be among those considered for this prestigious community award.
On another positive note for our city’s youngsters, good luck to All Saints College St Peter’s Campus students who will compete in the Rock Eisteddfod Raw challenge in Sydney tomorrow night.