Sounds like quite the combination doesn’t it? Probably because it is.

As some of you may be aware I am the executive vice president of a campus club which is an extension of the international organization Save the Children. A close friend of mine was the founder of the club on the University of Calgary campus and since then he and I have been working with all sorts of peers to help raise awareness for the cause as well as funds through fun, youth oriented activities on campus.  We’ve had a pirate themed cabaret night at the campus bar, several cupcake sales and most successfully last year we had an indie rock night where three local bands volunteered their time and talent to put on a fundraiser show for us. We had over 300 people show up the the indie rock night last year and we raised over $2000 for the organization, which we found to greatly successful.

This year we have been fortunate enough to be able to host the Second Annual Indie Rock Night again at the Den (the campus bar) with two returning bands and one new act. Debra and the Shagbots were a great hit last year and we were given plenty of great feedback about their performances at our event. Again as you have probably heard me mention them several times whether through brief musical mentionings within my blogs or in my playlists, these guys are really great as people and as artists. Fireside Riot is a new band in the city but they too seem to be taking off quite quickly and are very talented.

Now since the crisis and devastation in Haiti, my club email has been flooded with emails asking us about our intentions for helping out with the situation in Haiti or ways we know they could do so. This immediately triggered the idea of focusing the entire Second Annual Indie Rock Night towards raising money for the Haitian relief that Save the Children is providing. On top of this wonderful transition of general fundraising into a specific cause we were happy to learn that the Government of Canada has agreed to match donations made through charitable organizations, including Save the Children. With that, we are now able to not only host an event and raise funds for a current much needing crisis but also double all the funds we raise!

What is key to all of this is the fact that these bands are up and coming artists trying to do something they love and maybe make a dime or two doing it but despite that they have generously dedicated their time and talents to help us out with a great cause. On top of that the students we have helping us, including myself are incredibly busy people who are taking a moment of their time to help make this event possible. Much thanks to the bands, to our Save the Children U of C volunteers and the University of Calgary SU for their support and help in organizing everything with us.