THE FOUNDER of The Drum Majorettes Academy-PMB, Lauren Myburg, said she felt the need to start a drum academy in Woodlands after seeing a lack in activities within the community for young girls between the ages of seven to 18 years old.In 2017, while employed at Woodlands Primary, Myburg started her team and she was amazed by the talent of the girls from Woodlands Primary, saying their eagerness, willingness to learn and the need to be occupied portrayed by the girls also motivated her to stick to the initiative.“From my teaching experience, I concluded that when children are equipped with the right tools they become more disciplined, well mannered, and fixed on growth and change. “In January, my friend Cassandra Williams and I decided to officially open the academy, not only because we noted a need to groom young girls but because there was a lack of extra mural activities to keep them occupied,” said Myburg. The founder refers to the academy as a safe haven which offers a platform for young girls to showcase their raw talent, build their confidence, and learn self-discipline, time keeping, personal hygiene, respect, creativity, diversity, and teamwork.“We also offer free counselling and tuition for Afrikaans, Zulu and maths during exam seasons,” said Myburg.Coming from a diverse background, Myburg said she wishes for her academy to have a diversity of girls. She said some of the academy’s short-term goals include registering more girls for the programme. “Our long-term goals are to expand the academy to other communities in Pietermaritzburg and have monthly competitions. We also want to compete against other drum majorettes across the country, explore the world and showcase our talent,” said Myburgh.Because the academy’s challenges include lack of funding, uniforms, equipment and a means of transportation; the founder, with the girls’ parents and the Woodlands community, will be hosting a fundraising event on September 28 at the Woodlands Community Hall from 6 pm. Tickets to the event cost R100 and are available at the Woodlands Library. For more information contact Myburg at 082 059 6532.