Alex is tackling homelessness ... one punk song at a time
Taxi driver’s fundraiser is inspired by music
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or directly from CC’s.
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