Alex is tack­ling home­less­ness ... one punk song at a time

Taxi driver’s fundraiser is in­spired by mu­sic

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ali­son Ren­nie From left, artist Stephen Scott with the can­vas he’s do­nated, Ian McCul­loch, Alex Bor­land and Mar­garet Pat­ter­son, owner of CC’s

They were fa­mous for their ripped jeans, spiky hair and at­ti­tude.

But now live mu­sic fan Alex Bor­land is using his pas­sion for punk to raise money to help home­less peo­ple.

Taxi driver Alex has or­gan­ised a one- off char­ity night, Punks Against Home­less­ness, at CC’s, in Old Sned­don Street, on Fri­day, April 27.

He’s lined up Com­bat Rock — de­scribed as Scot­land’s best Clash trib­ute act — and Glas­gow band The Zips, to play on the night.

All the money raised will go to Shel­ter Scot­land, a cause Alex is pas­sion­ate about.

The Glen­burn man said: “The gig is a one-off at the mo­ment. We might try and make it a yearly event, de­pend­ing on how it goes.

“Home­less­ness is some­thing I feel pas­sion­ate about. Peo­ple shouldn’t be liv­ing on the streets — it’s as sim­ple as that.

“For the last 20-odd years, I’ve spon­sored a room at Cen­tre­point, in Lon­don, so it’s some­thing that’s al­ways been in my mind.”

Alex, 51, had the idea to put on the gig about four months ago and said he’s had a great re­sponse from the punk and live mu­sic com­mu­nity.

He ex­plained: “I’m a big fan of live mu­sic and I know a lot of dif­fer­ent bands.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what kind of mu­sic, it’s got to be live.

“I’m heav­ily into the punk scene and there are still a lot of us out there and a lot of bands.

“The ethos of punk has al­ways been to help your fel­low per­son. A lot of peo­ple thought we were thugs, but we weren’t.

“The punk com­mu­nity has been re­ally sup­port­ive of what I’m do­ing, I’ve been given loads of things to raf­fle and auc­tion.”

Glas­gow artist Stephen Scott has do­nated a piece of art­work to be auc­tioned off on the night, along­side do­na­tions from other punk bands.

There will also be a raf­fle of CDs and T-shirts, as well as fundrais­ing buck­ets on the ta­bles.

And Alex has been given a chal­lenge of his own on the night.

He said: “Some­one has chal­lenged me to get up and dance to an Era­sure song — which is not my thing at all — and they’ll do­nate £100. So it should be a fun night.”

Tick­ets for the gig cost £ 5 and are avail­able by email­ing alexander.bor­ or di­rectly from CC’s.

Peo­ple shouldn’t be liv­ing on the streets Alex Bor­land

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