Kayla Turpin and Emily MacMackin are Public Relations students at Mount St Vincent University in Halifax. Christopher Daw is a long-time Halifax Oxfam supporter, former RSC member and founder of Music for Good (https://www.musicforgood.ca/), a non-profit network of volunteers promoting emerging musical talent and raising funds for charities. With Christopher’s help, Kayla and Emily organized a successful music fundraiser in a local Halifax night club. They found a venue and seven bands to donate their time. With donations and volunteer time, they paid for sound equipment rental and promotional posters. They carted equipment up and down stairs, set up the space set up and ran a successful and educational event! Lots of work but all for a great cause.
“I am inspired by this work” says Kayla “because I actually got to see the interest and excitement people had for the cause. It takes a village, and we had so many people offer their time and experience, it was heart-warming to see people care in a society where we have such a self-centred view. Thank you Oxfam, for bringing all of us together and helping me help others!” “I decided to volunteer with Oxfam because I wanted to help create an awareness of Oxfam’s mission that ending global poverty beings with women's rights,” says Emily. “We definitely want to do this again to continue our support for support Oxfam Canada. We’re already planning another music fundraiser in Halifax when the students come back in the fall!”