Hohner And Restavek Foundation Help Harmonikids Provide Unique Music Therapy To Children Of Haiti

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Hohner Donates 1000 Harmonicas to Children of Haiti

On May 8, acclaimed musician Gary Allegretto will represent his nonprofit organization Harmonikids (http://www.harmonikids.org) on a music therapy mission to aid children in Port Au Prince, Haiti who are not only earthquake survivors but also restaveks, a Creole word used for victims of child slavery. Hohner has generously donated harmonicas for the cause. The harmonicas are imprinted with the words “Joie de Vivre,” as a way to encourage these children to find joy in life through music. The Restavek Foundation (as seen on CNN and Oprah) is providing coordination and on-the-ground support in Haiti.

In Allegretto’s words, “Harmonikids provides these children shiny new harmonicas and gentle, entertaining music lessons in the most devastating time of their life. In spite of their hardship, kids are irresistibly drawn to the harmonica with its child-friendly simplicity, pocket-sized portability, and warm voice-like tone. In it they find a way to express themselves. In addition to the post-traumatic stress relieving benefits, I have seen Harmonikids programs effectively replenish self-esteem, confidence, hope, and joy into children’s lives. I am grateful to Hohner and the Restavek Foundation for helping Harmonikids do their work.”

Winner of the recent Alternate Roots Magazine's Songs for Social Change Contest, Allegretto has received recognition both as a musician and humanitarian. His widespread missions have included those traumatized by such natural disasters as the tsunami in Indonesia and Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. He was gifted his first harmonica from his ailing grandfather as a small child, and has been giving the same gift of music and joy to special needs children through Harmonikids for over 25 years.

Gary Allegretto is available for comments / interview: (323) 605-8742. Video and photos will be available upon completion of the mission. For more information on Hohner go to http://www.hohnerusa.com.

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