Sheet music sale a sweet tune for refugee children

COFFS Harbour's own 'piano man' is hoping the sale of hundreds of sheets of music this weekend will help bring sweet music to the lives of underprivileged children in Africa.

Reuben Fox has been tuning and restoring pianos since the 1960s, and in that time he's accumulated an enormous amount of sheet music.

“When you buy and sell pianos people give you heaps of music,” Mr Fox said.

“Some would call it garbage, while to others they're collectors' items or great resources for music teachers.”

And what a collection it is, with sheet music from as early as 1874, old time variety songs, piano teaching books and words and music to tracks by Elvis Presley, Harry Belafonte, the Sound of Music and, of course, Beethoven.

Mr Fox has amassed so many sheets of music that he's decided to put them to good use, by holding a sale this weekend aimed at raising money for less fortunate people.

Money from the sale goes to supporting a refugee school of 85 children in Conakry in the Republic of Guinea, a cause

Mr Fox is a part of thanks to

his friend Anthony Nebo, the first settler from the area to move to Coffs Harbour five years ago.

“We have so much here compared to over there that I just want to help them out,” Mr Fox said.

None of the sheet music is priced and Mr Fox said he would accept any reasonable offer.

The sale is on Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm, at the industrial complex in Hurley Drive, Coffs Harbour.

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