Day 446: Busking for change

Watch out for Chantal Kreviazuk "Busking for Change" in downtown Toronto.

Watch out for Chantal Kreviazuk "Busking for Change" in downtown Toronto.

Volunteers may have hearts of gold but some need a little help in the marketing department, if you know what I’m saying. The reason I mention this is because when I stopped by a booth set up downtown for War Child Canada, I practically had to talk the volunteer there into asking me for a donation.

They had spread out all their pamphlets and posters very nicely. But when I approached the table and started looking at their material, the nice young guy in the black hoodie behind the table just sat there staring off into space. Maybe he was new.

So I asked him what War Child Canada was all about it and, to his credit, he explained it clearly and succinctly. He even relaxed enough to tell me about an event happening today in both Toronto and Calgary called Busking for Change.

congo14-smlWell-known Canadian recording artists — such as Chantal KreviazukTheo Tams and others — will be busking in those cities to raise funds “for war-affected children in some of the most devastated regions of the world.”

The event was inspired by Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace, who spent 12 hours busking for War Child Canada on the streets of Toronto in 2007. Last year over 50 musicians participated.

warchildlogoHere’s what they do:
War Child Canada is dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance to war-affected children around the world.

Their website explains that: “The conflict in Congo claimed 70% of the country’s schools – looted, torn down or destroyed as the fighting spread across the country. Now, with a fragile peace in place, War Child Canada has rebuilt 15 schools, giving 6,000 children access to a decent education. War Child Canada has trained or re-trained 400 teachers from over 30 schools in child-centred learning, and re-equipped schools with books, pencils, chalk, and other essentials.”

It’s an important cause and I was probably a little tough on the young guy in the booth. He was there, after all….

P.S. Here’s Chantal’s “Wonderful.” Enjoy!

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2 responses to “Day 446: Busking for change

  1. I’ve been watching the development of War Child Canada for awhile now. Many years ago, during a bout of bronchitis, I went to see my doctor – he was out of town, and so I got Dr. Sam Nutt, who briefly told me she’d been working on Africa.

    She was really nice and super cool, and so ever since then, I’ve watched for her name, and seen it appear more and more often (in fact, her husband and fellow War Child Canada founder, Dr. Eric Hoskins was just elected as MPP in our riding).

    A great charity to highlight, GDAD!

  2. Thanks, OWW, I’m just learning about them now. Nice to know their roots!

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