KOTA KINABALU: International guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal made the day for some 20 ill children when he paid a surprise visit to the Likas Women and Children Hospital here.
The ‘Guns N Roses’ co-lead guitarist and his wife Jennifer visited the hospital to bring cheers and free music to the children when he performed for them at the Music Therapy Centre (MTC) in conjunction with his visit to the state.
Bumblefoot also distributed goodie bags to the children, and staff at the ward during his visit that was facilitated by the US Embassy, Society of Performing Arts Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS), and MCA Kota Kinabalu.
Meanwhile, MCA Kota Kinabalu Women chief, Dr Pamela Yong while accompanying them said the idea for setting a music therapy centre was “excellent” and deserved everyone’s support.
Dr Yong explained that music therapy was the use of music to promote, maintain and restore psychological, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
“Music can be used to connect with patients and families and provide outlets for expression of feelings, relaxation/stimulation, and communication,” she said.
“Most of all, music heals the heart and soul,” she added.
Dr Yong said while the hospital may have top of the line medical equipment, facilities and doctors to treat patients, these medical interventions however fall short on healing people’s inner being.
The centre is not fully functional yet as the hospital is in the midst of raising funds for roof and renovations, as well as to engage local musicians to come to perform at regular intervals.
She thus hoped that NGOs, government-link-companies (GLCs) or even individuals could come forward to help raise funds for the centre, or to volunteer their musical talents so as to make the centre a reality.
Dr Yong also commended Dr Tan Bee Hwai, the director of the hospital for coming up with such an innovative idea.