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!
So as you may remember from our last few blogs, we’ve been working on bracelets made from used guitar strings donated by guitar Jerry Horton from super group Papa Roach. Jerry was kind enough to send his strings after we chatted with him on Twitter, and so far we’ve used about half of them! We’ve sent bracelets as far away as Russia and Poland!
We did four ‘lots’ of strings prior to Christmas, and will do the remainder now in 2016 but wanted to give a bit of a progress report – so far a whopping $415 dollars! Even more whopping is the list of things we’ve been able to ‘purchase’ from World Vision’s gift catalog! They are:
- supply a classroom (twice)
- 3 soccer balls
- school lunches for 50 kids for a month
- Medicines for 20 kids
- text books for a classroom
- Syrian emergency relief ($20)
- Baby chicks (twice)
- 5 fruit trees
We’ve got more strings and more bracelets coming so stay tuned!
Chad Brownlee, one of Canada’s hottest country artists right now, donated a set of his strings!
We’ve known Chad for a few years through Twitter, have met him signing autographs at a few shows last year and he’s a super nice guy, so didn’t hesitate at all when asked to donate for our cause!
A set of lovely rose gold (well used) strings arrived a few weeks ago, and the package was autographed! Love it!
We decided to create a bracelet immediately, inspired by ‘country’ and donated it to the BCCMA silent auction as part of their annual fund raiser. The other 5 strings will develop as our imagination takes flight Stay tuned!
Papa Roach guitarist Jerry Horton told us a few months ago yes! He would donate his used strings to us, and true to his word, they arrived! We got a FedEx card in the mail the other day, and it said there was a parcel for pick up – but not at the post office – at the hardware store! Very odd.. what on earth could it be? Went down to get it, asked the guy who it was from as he came out of the stock room – Papa Roach he says -and his eyes light up! “my fav band” he says.. yes! Ours too haha..
So the package was big! And it said Papa Roach on the return address – their management company. Could hardly wait to get out to the car to open it up!
We’ve been getting to know more about the mega rock band Papa Roach over the last year – singer/frontman Jacoby Shaddix is 3 yrs clean and sober, has become a born again believer (and is quite open about how this is what saved his life from the drugs and drink) and the band has a new album out, F.E.A.R (Face Everything and Rise). This band is HUGE and has a great loyal (large) group of fans and followers and we love everything about them – great attitude, great music, fantastic way they treat their fans both at shows, and online.
Sam Roberts Band auction results are in! Many thanks to everyone who bid, shared, and supported our latest guitar string auction.. we did good
We auctioned off a pile of strings from Sam Roberts himself and the results are in. We raised a whopping $380.00 and were able to purchase the following items on World Vision’s online gift catalog.
We were able to:
- educate a girl in need
- supply a classroom
- 3 soccer balls for school kids
- school feeding for 50 kids for a month
- feed a family for 30 days
- meds for 10 kids
- life saving nutrition for a child for 2 months
We saw Sam in person, August 10, and gave him a World Vision thank you card with everything listed, and he loved it, especially the 3 soccer balls, and the educating a girl in need. We had one tiny scrap of his guitar strings left, and made it into a bracelet with purple glass leaf charms which we gave to him for his lovely wife.. he loved that his strings could be turned into such good things.
Thanks so much to everyone involved and many thanks to Sam, his tour manager for saving the strings, and his manager for posting our auction on the band’s Facebook and twitter. We all did good.
Our friends Jesse Wainwright (from rock band State of Shock) and Stacey McKitrick (aka Austin Belle) donated to our cause this summer. Jesse donated his used guitar strings, and Tobi their drummer handed us the used sticks at the last house concert they did. Kadooh their guitarist gave us the set list and made sure everyone in the band signed it! We auctioned these off and were able to raise $160.00 which we put to good use via World Vision’s Gift Catalog.
- meds for 10 kids in need
- school lunches for 50 kids for a month
- supplied an entire classroom for a year (matched by Canadian corporate donors)
- We also rounded up our amount which World Vision would send to where its needed most
Many thanks to the band, and to Jesse in particular who is going to donate many more guitar strings, and who sponsored a child just recently! Well done
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