In May 2006 two ladies sat down over a cup of coffee to talk about Bono (U2) and how his work with the One Campaign and Global Fund had inspired them both to want to ‘do’ something to help people in Africa.
But what to do? How to make a difference? We came up with a WILD idea!
A year ago Dallas Smith donated his used guitar strings while at a show in Kelowna (see here) and after a long winter and some creativity, we have just used the very last string! We were able to make 6 beautiful bracelets for fans including one lady’s 10 yr old daughter who is a huge Dallas Fan.
We hand delivered one bracelet during a concert in Kelowna which was very cool! And we also hand delivered one bracelet while Dallas was on a very cool trip across Canada with the CP Holiday Train which made a stop in Armstrong (photo courtesy of Dallas’ twitter selfies)
Six strings, six bracelets with two inspired by Dallas’ songs Jumped Right In (sea glass style) and Nothin But Summer (sandy beachy tones). The best part, is fans supported this with gusto, and we were able to do some great things via the World Vision Gift Catalog as well as Union Gospel Mission. Since part of the proceeds we sent were near Christmas time we decided to support UGMission and sent just under $78 dollars, which was enough to help feed 25 people!
With World Vision we were able to send the rest, ‘buying’ the following items:
- A piglet!
- School lunches for 20 kids for a month
- Sports Balls (kids need to run around and play too)
- Life Saving medicines for 10 kids
All totalled we raised just under $200 dollars for 6 strings! A hearty warm thanks to Dallas Smith and to the fans who supported us through Twitter and our Facebook page.. You guys are the best.
© Comfort Doll Project
Can’t believe it! But yes .. we had 6 Nikki Sixx used bass strings in our possession for a short time! One of Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx Am) fans won the strings in a contest last year, and then was able to catch enough bass guitar picks at various Sixx Am shows over the year, to have the materials for us to create some one of a kind, stunning bass string bracelets. Red and silver with skulls of course!
The fan (who shall remain anonymous) wanted to surprise her ‘road trip’ friends (all Nikki Sixx fans too) with a keep sake of their trips to the concerts over the years; what better way than a wearable memento.
And the proceeds were donated to World Vision as well as the local food bank — a win win situation. Now we just gotta get Nikki to see these hehe.
This was a very VERY fun project!
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have donated their used guitar strings and we are thrilled beyond pieces!
The band (Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, Tom Wilson) came to Kelowna for a concert, so we hit them up on Twitter to ask if they’d be interested in donating and they said yes. After the show, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson (also known for Lee Harvey Osmond project) were gracious and lovely and all smiles. Stephen had his strings ready but they were back stage so he said , “follow me,” and took us to the side stage table, handed them over and asked all sorts of questions about what we do. Buddy Tom Wilson was like a school kid wanting to hand them over, and cut them right off his just used guitar before winding them into a bundle for our eager little hands 🙂
The strings will be a lot of fun to work with – we might even make a bracelet or two with two strings – one from each artist! Stay tuned and follow us on our Twitter or Instagram where we post daily updates and many of our current bracelets.
Tom Cochrane is many things – World Vision ambassador, Juno award winner, Order of Canada recipient – and we’ve followed him on Twitter for awhile now.. Tom was one of our first Comfort Doll participants 11 yrs ago and has always had a soft spot in our hearts. When we asked Tom if he’d donate his used strings – “of course!” he said.
One day they came in the mail and Tom AND guitarist/slide guitarist extraordinaire Kenny Greer also donated his strings! We have silver. We have gold. We have brass. We have thick, and thin, and copper coloured.. we have strings 🙂 Can’t wait to make some items!
*edit – this is our first bracelet, inspired by Sinking Like a Sunset (and sold..but we can make more, so no worries). Pic of me with Tom about a month after the strings arrived.. after his show in Kelowna. He loved the bracelets (we took one) and what his strings are accomplishing.
Sam Roberts Band have supported our charity since the very beginning first with a Comfort Doll photo (HERE) and then with donating guitar strings, and this time, James Hall got in on the action and donated his bass strings as well!
Sam Roberts Band was playing Vancouver at the Orpheum theatre, 8 yrs almost to the day of our first encounter with these great guys, so of course we had to go see the show! We got the strings after the show from the band’s tech, who came right up and handed us a box stuffed to the gunnels! Sweet.
Can’t wait to play with these again, and come up with some new and unique designs – and send the proceeds off to World Vision and other charities. SRB fans are amazing in that regard! They really support the band’s efforts to give back and I love that about the fans. And about the band.