IDS students prepare for benefit concert

Four International Development Studies students at Dalhousie University are determined to raise $1,000 for the WaterCan Foundation at their benefit concert on Saturday March 24th.

A ticket for WaterCan. (Rachel Bloom photo)

By Rachel Bloom

Four International Development Studies students at Dalhousie University are determined to raise $1,000 for the WaterCan Foundation at their benefit concert on Saturday March 24th.

Georgina Cooper, working with Liam Russell, Alex Quaresma, and Luke Shuster are busy selling tickets and putting up posters around campus to promote the event and its cause.

“WaterCan is attempting to fight global poverty by helping people in third world countries get access to clean water, as well as promoting sanitation and hygiene,”says Cooper, a second year student at Dalhousie. The concert is being held at the T-Room on the Sexton Campus of Dalhousie and tickets will cost eight dollars if pre-purchased or ten dollars at the door.

WaterCan, aims to inform the Canadian public about worldwide water and sanitation issues.

“I think it’s great that school has inspired me to make a difference. In light of all of the Kony mania, I think it’s important that people are reminded that there are basic causes that still need help,” says Cooper. “We’ve received so much support from the WaterCan base in Ottawa. They’re sending us DVD’s, buttons, t-shirts. They’re just so glad that we’re raising money for their cause.”

The WaterCan concert will feature a lineup of local artists and bands, including, The Royal Thymes, Hold Fast and Jake McCloskey. Kurt MacLeod, lead vocalist of Hold Fast, says they’re  excited to be a part of the fundraising concert.

“We want to perform at the WaterCan concert because it allows us to use something we enjoy doing to help others. It also allows Hold Fast to introduce itself to a whole new audience that may not have had the chance to hear our music in the past,” says MacLeod. Hold Fast has additionally played at Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events and multiple community fundraisers, in an aim to give back to the community.

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