Fender Guitar Pledges Support to Guitars for Swaziland Program


Posted on June 17, 2013

Fender Guitar has announced its support for the new non-profit organization Guitars for Swaziland. GFS is dedicated to providing musical instruments and education to the orphans and underprivileged children of the Southern Africa nation of Swaziland, one of the world’s poorest countries.

Established by prominent Austin,Texas, musician Stephen Doster, GFS is a project that aims to unite musicians, music lovers, and other community members for this common cause.  

Fender Guitar, which has teamed with the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane, Swaziland, is supplying all of the acoustic guitars and extra strings needed for the first shipment to Africa. In a written statement, Jeff Van Zandt of Fender Guitar noted, “Fender strongly believes in music education and sharing the spirit of music with the world.  When Stephen Doster told us of his experience in Swaziland and explained what he wanted to do for the kids of Swaziland, his passion was overwhelming.

“The unrivaled support from the Austin musicians that have jumped on board to support Stephen and his life-changing foundation falls in line with our passion. Fender is honored to supply the instruments necessary to make this dream a reality and to enrich the lives of children around the world through music."
Funds raised this past weekend at the sold-out Guitars for Swaziland inaugural event at the Austin wine bar Wink will help to ship the Fender FA-100 acoustic guitars to Africa.

A virtual Who’s Who of Austin’s musicians, music professionals, and music lovers came together to help, including Doster, Denny Freeman, Eric Johnson, Gurf Morlix, Redd Volkaert, Randy Weeks, Chris Maresh, Brannen Temple, and Wayne Salzmann II.

In soliciting donations for GFS, Fender also noted: “Music training from preschool to post-secondary education is common in most nations because involvement in music is considered a fundamental component of human culture and behavior. Your donations mean so much to these children.”

To donate to GFS, click here.

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