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Fundraising To Fight Kids’ Cancer

Class of 91 fundraising at Anabia Cupcakery Cafe
Class of 91 fundraising at Anabia Cupcakery Cafe

Tonight I was privileged to participate in a fundraising show to raise money in the fight against kids’ cancer. It was part of the June events that Anabia Cupcakery Cafe has lined up to celebrate their second anniversary. The band I play in, Class of 91, performed their first live show and it went extremely well. A huge thanks to all those who joined us for this event.

As I was preparing for the show I started to reflect on the last time a band I was in performed live. I recall a show back in 2003. My then-band, Brock’n’Shanks played for the soldiers from my old infantry unit upon their return from Afghanistan. That was a big show; that is to say, a big set up anyway.

Previous to that, there was a bout of small shows at the mess hall at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. Those shows all came as the result of my tour in Bosnia in 2001. Brock’n’Shanks practiced and played a lot in Bosnia during the down time between patrols and duties. The opportunity came to do some shows for local schools in Bosnia. That effort culminated in a goodwill show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Livno, Bosnia. Subsequently, another performance at the change of command in Sarajevo followed the success of those shows. Great experiences to be certain.

In order to do those two shows in Bosnia though, Brock’n’Shanks had to grow, and as a result we formed a more fulsome band renamed Pegasus. A third guitar and an accordion were added to the lineup and both proved a massive hit at the Hard Rock Cafe.

So, with Class of 91, it was a year ago that a group of friends and new acquaintances started meeting once a month to play some music. When an opportunity presented itself to play a fundraiser at Anabia Cupcakery Cafe, in short, it was a no-brainer. We played two sets to a generous audience, consequently bringing the total fundraising amount to over $1000; this, on day one of the official fundraising month! With the fundraising goal set at $2500 for SickKids and their fight against kids’ cancer, we are certainly off to a great start.

Fundraising is being done via The Great Cycle Challenge Canada, which David De Almeida, the owner of Anabia Cupcakery Cafe, is riding in.

If you would like to donate direct to this great cause, here is the link to David’s unique site and riding effort.

David De Almeida – The Great Cycle Challenge

Okay, it’s late. The show was a great success. Thank you all again that joined us tonight, and those that might follow some of the embedded links to David’s site and subsequently make a donation.

Head here for a listing of all my upcoming events.

Have a great Sunday. Gratitude.