Good news: Band raises money for displaced people

2008-06-09 00:00

Rockers do their bit to help displaced foreigners

A YOUNG Westville rock band turned a college assignment into a concert that raised thousands of rands for displaced foreigners.

The group, Facefirst, raised R3 600 and collected heaps of clothing, blankets and food items, which will be distributed by the Red Cross to foreigners taking shelter at police stations and community halls around Durban.

Band member Steven Illbury told The Witness that the band members, three of whom are university students, were given an assignment to conceptualise an anti-xenophobic campaign.

“Since we were in a band, we decided to have a concert to raise money for these poor people. It started out as a simple idea, but grew and grew into something much bigger,” he said.

Illbury said they handed out flyers for the concert, which drew over 200 people to the Chain and Sprocket in Westville on Saturday.

For Illbury, his brother Matthew, Peter Reynolds, Bryan Long and Rowan Foxcroft, it was an “awesome” way of helping people.

“It was a good crowd; it is great knowing that there are young people out there who care for others. We need to have more events like to raise awareness about other’s plight,” said Illbury.

Foxcroft said that besides helping the displaced foreigners, they also wanted to highlight the need for positive change. “We want to bring about positive social change. If more people thought of others, society would be better,” he said.

Several local bands will perform at a similar concert at Durban’s Bat Centre this weekend.

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