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!
Chris Kael from Five Finger Death Punch donated his bass strings to us a few weeks ago and we jumped in fast and furious to make bracelets and a few necklaces .. thanks to Chris re-tweeting our first tweet announcing the strings, we were inundated with people all wanting one! (fantastic!)
Couldn’t keep up at one point – the phone on my battery wore down trying to keep up with all the tweets haha.. the BEST kind of problem to have! Here is a small sampling of things we made with Chris’ 6 donated strings.
Lots of skulls (Chris is the one glowering in the above photo.. his trademark look hah)
All told we were able to create 15 bracelets and a necklace from 6 strings! The fans were super supportive, and we raised a whopping $355.00 for World Vision. We asked fans on Twitter if we should do a little for many, or go ‘big’ and do something huge with the amount.. the overwhelming response was ‘go big or go home’ haha! SO..
We did the following:
- Stocked a medical clinic
- Immunized an entire community
- Lunches for 50 school kids for an entire month
- Support street children including a safe place to live, education etc
- Bought baby chicks for a family to raise for meat and breeding
- Soccer balls for kids to be kids!
Thanks so much to the fans who purchased the items, shared our posts and helped make this a huge success, and again to Chris’ assistant Brad for getting the strings to us, ands huge thanks to Chris Kael who’s motto is #PositivelyAffectingLives and who lives what he preaches!
We found out about Five Finger Death Punch through Papa Roach, and that they were coming to a town near us (along with two other bands in one huge concert).. so I started following them on Twitter and found that Chris Kael their bass player was #1 a super nice guy with a good sense of humour, #2 very active on social media, and #3 always looking for ways to give back.
We tweeted Chris just once, with a photo of one of the bracelets we made with Jerry Horton‘s (Papa Roach) guitar strings, and asked if he would be interested in donating strings – and he gave us a resounding “send me an address, I’d be more than willing to donate a pack to help out!” Messaged Chris, letting him know that we were actually going to the concert his band was going to be doing in a month or so, and arranged to get the strings that night.
The show was great. Loud! Energetic. Hectic. Amazing. Seeing Papa Roach play again (second time only) and then Five Finger Death Punch for the first time.. and the fans were pretty decent too which was great! After the show, we hooked up with Chris’ assistant Brad, who passed on a package of strings for us (thanks very much!) and we were all set! Can’t wait to see what we can create with these!
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 we’ve finally been able to use them all! We’ve sent bracelets as far away as Russia and Poland!
We did four ‘lots’ of strings and raised 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 (twice)
- Syrian emergency relief ($20)
- Baby chicks (twice)
- 5 fruit trees
Many thanks to Jerry and the awesome Papa Roach fans who supported us!
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!