Marathon per­for­mance helps Car­bon­ear food bank

Char­ity event sees ma­jor suc­cess

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Five-piece Car­bon­ear rock band The Al­der­men came up with a unique way to sup­port the

St. Vin­cent de Paul Food Bank.

CAR­BON­EAR, NL — Lo­cal mu­sic re­cently brought Car­bon­ear to­gether in the name of char­ity.

The St. Vin­cent de Paul Food Bank in Car­bon­ear has re­cently had some difficulty keep­ing up with the de­mand for their ser­vices.

How­ever, just in time for the Christmas sea­son, lo­cal mu­si­cians got to­gether to play for a cause.

The Al­der­men, a five­piece rock band based out of Car­bon­ear, orig­i­nally heard of the food bank’s plight through so­cial me­dia. The band, con­sist­ing of Justin Mur­ray, Zack Nash, Pa­trick Broad­ers, Jor­dan Thorne and Tyler Butt, de­cided to do what they could to give back to their home­town.

The band, which worked closely with Peter Green through­out the night, per­formed along­side sev­eral other lo­cal acts, get­ting to­gether to set off Food­stock 2017 – a 12hour show con­sist­ing of live per­for­mances from The Al­der­men and 12 other bands and per­form­ers such as Rod­ney Slade, Danita Vokey, and Aaron Churchill.

“It was re­ally just about us giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, you know?” Mur­ray told the Com­pass. “We’re liv­ing in St. John’s now, work­ing and go­ing to school, but Car­bon­ear is where we grew up – it’s our home. Know­ing that there are clearly peo­ple in need of food, es­pe­cially this time of year with Christmas com­ing up, it just felt right to try and do some­thing to help out.”

The event was held at McNally’s Bil­liards in Car­bon­ear on Satur­day, Nov. 25 start­ing at 2:15 p.m. and lead­ing into the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing. Any­one wish­ing to at­tend paid $10 at the door, or $8 with a non-per­ish­able food item, all of which would later be do­nated to the St. Vin­cent de Paul food bank.

At the end of the night, with dozens of peo­ple in and out of the bar’s doors over the 12-hour pe­riod, a to­tal of $1,300 was raised, as well as a hefty amount of food do­na­tions that were later hand-de­liv­ered by Mur­ray. He said the food bank was ex­cited about the do­na­tion.

“It’s a real eye-opener,” Mur­ray said of the food bank. “You don’t re­ally re­al­ize just how many peo­ple rely on it un­til you’re there, and you see how fast the food is leav­ing the shelves. It’s not just a cou­ple peo­ple here and there any­more. A lot of peo­ple need this, and it’s im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity that it stays open, with enough food to go around.”

With a suc­cess­ful night un­der their belts, The Al­der­men are proud of their ac­com­plish­ment. Though it’s still a ways away, Mur­ray hopes to see Food­stock be­come an an­nual event, al­ways keep­ing the com­mu­nity in mind.

“We’ve played a lot shows in the com­mu­nity, and other places around – mostly at bars and stuff, but we’ve never re­ally or­ga­nized a big event like that,” Mur­ray ex­plained. “It felt good, but at the end of the day, it’s not re­ally about us, the band, it’s about the com­mu­nity and the food bank. It’s about mak­ing sure peo­ple have some­thing to eat dur­ing Christmas, and all year-round, re­ally. So, yeah, if it’s pos­si­ble for us, I’d def­i­nitely like to see an­other Food­stock hap­pen next year.”

The Al­der­men set off the first-ever Food­stock 2017 in Car­bon­ear. From left to right: Jor­dan Thorne, Zack Nash, Justin Mur­ray and Pa­trick Broad­ers.

A list of all per­form­ers that took part in Food­stock 2017.

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