They say music is the language of the soul.
And that couldn't be more true for a number of South Coast school children who are set to benefit from the generosity of ACT-based Soldier On Music Group and their Bushfire Relief Guitar Program.
As the name suggests the plan is to visit South Coast communities devastated by the recent bushfires and present a number of children with guitars and ukuleles.
Group members Col Greef and Mike Hogen have been joined by Soldier On programs officer Debbie Dimmock on a three-day South Coast trip.
They will stop at Milton, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma, with around 30 guitars to be given away.
They will visit Batemans Bay Public School on Thursday, July 30 and Moruya and Narooma public schools the following day.
First stop on Wednesday, July 29 was Bomaderry Public School, where two lucky families, each boasting multiple children, were selected by the school as recipients of guitars.
It was thought each family would be presented with one guitar, but the Soldier On Music Group had other ideas, with Dustin and Logan Peters and their little sister Alexis presented with three guitars and a ukulele and twins Charlotte and Sam Whittaker a guitar each.
The guitars have been donated by the Canberra community and have been refurbished and ready to hand out.
The project's origins date back to 2019 when naval veterans Col Greef and Mike Hogan, decided they wanted to give back to the community through the power of music.
Since then the pair have refurbished more than 30 guitars which have been presented to disadvantaged children within the ACT and regional NSW, at schools in Dalgety and Adaminaby, which boast fantastic music programs.
"Following this year's devastating bushfires we wanted to do something for the South Coast," Col said.
"We thought we could expand our project and hopefully get some guitars for kids who might have lost theirs in the fires or even to kids who had an interest in music but didn't have any instruments."
Both Col and Mike have strong ties to the South Coast, having spent many happy days serving at HMAS Albatross and when they heard about the loss and destruction that the bushfires reeked on the community they were devastated.