My father used to take me to classical music concerts as a girl and it was there that I first encountered the cello. The choreography between the musician and their instrument spoke a language I knew I wanted to learn.
As an adult, when I was pregnant with my second child, I first felt the baby move when I was listening to someone playing the cello.
I now have three little children who are curious about the world and their part in it. In me taking up the challenge of the cello I'm hoping to show them two things. Firstly, how to turn your ideas into reality and secondly, how to have your passions fused with a larger purpose.
That purpose is to put a stop to the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM or cutting) in the 28 African countries where it is practised and the diaspora of those countries.
28TooMany's founder, Ann-Marie Wilson, spoke so passionately four years ago when I heard her, that I knew I wanted to play my part in supporting the charity's compelling vision. Violence against women can be tackled and in supporting my endeavour you're participating in bringing it to an end.
Between now and the summer I will be learning how to hold a bow, read bass clef, play scales, sight read and perform three pieces. I will be taking my Grace 1 cello exam in the summer.
Please give as generously as you can. This is my first fundraising event and your partnership will ensure that as many women as possible can be helped.
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