– Sep 29, 2011
Music has long been synonymous with War Child. The artist and music community has played a tremendous role in our fundraising campaigns and have helped us raise awareness from coast to coast. Around the office, the summer is usually a time for vacations and cottaging, but for our Music and Special Initiatives department it’s a season filled with events, festivals, fundraising and all out madness.
This summer season the Music and Special Events team was out in full force. If there was a festival, War Child was there. Every genre from hip hop, alt country, pop, rock and everything in between was represented. At each festival signed swag was raffled off, merch was available to buy and – as always – happy War Child staffers and volunteers were at the ready to answer questions and share details about War Child’s work and international programs.
Across the country, War Child was represented at 29 different music events and festivals! Over 50 volunteers helped us answer questions, table at events, sell merchandise, collect newsletter signups and take donations. In total, volunteers put in over 700 hours of work. They are truly an amazing group, without them our work would not be possible.
As September draws to a close we wind down the busiest summer War Child has ever seen. Over $152,000 was raised and over 1500 people signed up for our newsletter and expressed an interest in getting involved. All of this would have been impossible without the wonderful festivals that hosted us, artists that participated and sponsors that came on board.
Bear with us, but we would like to thank you all:
A huge thanks to Jackson Triggs for choosing War Child as their charity of choice, and to all of the artists who took part in their summer concert series: Sam Roberts Band, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jann Arden, Gord Downie, Colin James, Serena Ryder, Spirit of the West, Joel Plaskett, Hawksley Workman, Kathleen Edwards and Women Fully Clothed . A very special thanks to Alan Doyle, John Mann, Kim Stockwood, Matthew Barber, Barry Canning, Terra Lightfoot and Robyn Dell’Unto for rocking the house at ROOTSTOCK this year for a special War Child fundraiser.
Thanks to Edgefest, Saugeen Summer Nights, Hillside and The Tragically Hip for donating space to table and take in the amazing performances. And to our good friends at Audio Blood who organized and ran Busking for CHANGE at S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival for us this year.
This year, War Child was Osheaga’s charity of choice. A portion of each ticket sold over the entire weekend was generously donated to War Child. The three day festival was complete with a War Child booth and a War Child Busking for CHANGE stage where festival revelers could take refuge from the heat and enjoy acoustic sets by Hey Rosetta!, Sweet Thing, Passwords, Mother Mother, The Barr Brothers, The High Dials, Jesuslesfilles, The Midway State, Freedom or Death, Elephant Stone, Joseph Arthur and Sherlock.
Thanks to all the great folks at Supercrawl who so generously welcomed War Child for a second year and to artists Terra Lightfoot, Turkey Rhubarb, Rebekah Higgs, Dark mean, Ridley Bent, The Vanishers, Fry Truck, The Rest, Rah Rah, Sean Rowe, Josh Macumber, Modern Field Recordings, The Saints are Coming, The Caretakers, Self Cynic, The Bare Minimum and Mumble who hit the streets of Hamilton taking part in Busking for CHANGE.
The team just returned from Victoria, BC where the great folks at Rifflandia hosted a beautiful War Child Lounge with intimate acoustic sets by Mother Mother, USS, KO, Royal Wood, Vince Vaccaro, Michael Rault, Mike Edel and Olenka.
And it’s not quite over yet. Look for War Child during Indie Week in Toronto and at Halifax Pop Explosion in October. And last, but certainly not least, a huge thanks to all of our many generous sponsors who added greatly to the success of all of our events this summer and helped us, introduce War Child to so many new people.« Previous Post » Next Post
We completely agree! We believe change can only occur if women and children know their rights. At the same time the individuals who are abusing their rights need to be provided with education and support as well so they can understand that what they are doing is wrong. However I think for them to change no one can do it for them , they have to want the change for themselves.
How does UNICEF advocate and fight for the rights of women and children? Do they have initiatives currently in place?
War Child’s website offers numerous ideas for fundraising and getting involved. Individuals can show their support by organizing a fundraising event. To do so you can register the event using their on-line registry and once the event is registered War Child provides all the needed forms, resources and information to support in the implementation process. The online registry provides individuals with the ability to track donations and send friends invitations. On the website they also have a PDF called the fundraising toolkit. Within this document they provide a bunch of fundraising event ideas from raffles, dance offs, talent shows, bake sales, Karaoke night, art exhibitions etc. One idea War Child provided that we personally really liked is called War Child Eats.What this means is we would invite family and friends over for dinner and would ask them to bring a donation rather than paying to go out to eat at a restaurant.
Check out page three and four on this PDF http://www.warchild.ca/images/...,
Out of the listed ideas which one would you
personally enjoy doing?
Thank you for your comment! We completely agree, before this assignment we previously didn’t think about world issues as much as we should have been. This blog has opened our
eyes and perspectives about the importance of advocacy. It’s so uplifting to hear and learn about what these amazing people are doing for people in the world who are in need. We often take for granted so many things in our lives and your
right we wake up and think about ourselves first. But once this blog is over,will we continue advocating? My hopes are that we will, for instance once school is over we would love to go to Students Crossing Boarders to do volunteer work.
Once this blog is over, what things do you want to do to continue advocating?
We completely agree with you, it is important for teachers and professionals working in the field to raise awareness and advocate for these children. It is likely that teachers could have at least one refugee in their classroom. it is crucial that we as educators ensure we are speaking about this issue and educating not on ourselves but the children as well. Thank you for this game! Have you played this with children before? If so how did it go?
I think that wherever in the world we find crime, war, poverty, and so much more tragic issues there will always be a negative impact on children- and as much as i hate to say this children will most likely always be used for child labor, child bride, pornography etc and therefore i think as educators within this field there should always be ongoing advocacy and volunteer help/workshops to stop this issue. i think other organizations should form some kind of a hub where they support each other into the well-being of children and families. i do like the idea of starting of shelters, just like an ordinary guy started to give a way shoes for every pair bought, but what more does it take to bring realization to the world and how much more effort can someone go and who is willing to put in that effort- advertisment and advocacy is only about talk- which is okay because it creates awareness but the inspiration brings about action- and everyday i personally ask my self "well its a new day, what are you going to do for yourself today and what will you do for the world" personally i know we are all busy with our lives but after our busy time is over will we all commit ourselves to doing more and how far are we willing to go and to do.
I think a good way to help refugees is to introduce what refugees are in the classroom! Teachers can raise awareness for the issues refugees face. Here is a game that teachers can use in the classroom to raise awareness! http://www.unhcr.org/46a07f8c4...
We think that this is great how War Child fight for women and child rights violation especially sexual violence. It is important to teach women and children about their rights, but we feel that it is also important to teach the abusers about women and childrens rights. We know that it maybe hard, but we think that this will not change if we do not correct the people that are doing wrong! What do you guys think?
Alexandra and Jen C.
It's great that you are advocating for Lets-give Dominican Republic, the poverty going on there must be devastating, but it is amazing that there is an organization to help support them and provide them with much need resources. We recently read the article you posted on your blog, it was shocking to hear about how girls are being told they can have a better life but are then enslaved as sex workers in neighbouring countries. It's very sad to know this is happening and we hope that with time this can be stopped. What initiatives is your organization doing to help these children, adolescents and women?
We think that this is a great way to actually get people there. Besides donating Aeroplan miles do War Child do any other fundraising? What other potential fundraising in your opinion would work?
Thank you for your comment! War Child UK and Holland along with Canada are making huge strides in providing safe places for child refugees. We hope that the end is near for the Syrian Crisis. What else do you think needs to be done to help refugees?