My two friends and I decided to do a fundraiser for a young boy, Chase Ripper, who was diagnosed for a second time with Leukemia. His parents have taken time off of work to be with Chase during his treatments. It is hard enough having to deal with the illness of their child, but to have to deal with mounting bills is too much for one family to have to deal with. With only two weeks to organize an event, we were able to pack a restaurant with supporters. Our goal was to raise $200-$300, but surpassed our goal and raised over $1100!
My other project is to collect donations of food for the local food bank in exchange for vocal workshops for youths who are interested in learning about singing. In exchange for these lessons I am asking for participants to bring food items for the food bank. I wanted to do these workshops in the New Year as there are so many food drives during the Christmas season, but the shelves tend to get bare after the New Year.
I have also approached a representative for the Ministry of Children and Families to hold free vocal workshops for young girls. They run a girls group and like the idea of having one of their peers come in to give lessons as well as provide them with a good role model.
My other event I am working on is a Youth Talent Showcase for kids aged 8-18 to give them the opportunity to share their talents with others in a theatre setting. There are so few opportunities for young people to get the chance to perform. I have approached Milo, the owner of Joe's Garage, to discuss this idea. He was all for it! We are holding auditions in early January with the show being in February, 2009. I have also contacted a few people that I know who run music events in the area and they are interested in coming out to see the show to see the talent and possibly offer performing opportunities to some of these kids.