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Redeemer Students Donate to War Child Canada
“The world is going to be a better place.” Chantal Kreviazuk Congratulates

After three shaved heads, a collection of painted fingernails, and weeks of fundraising efforts, the Redeemer University College student body presented $5056 to War Child Canada. Celebrating the efforts, Canadian singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk visited the school on April 6, 2009, for an hour and a half of storytelling, discussion and song.

(Left to right): Chantal Kreviazuk applauds as Redeemer students Laura Mainland and Melissa Hogeboom present a cheque for $5056 to Alyson Rowe, Manager, Public Outreach for War Child Canada. Ms Hogeboom agreed to shave her head if students raised more than $2500 for the charity.

Sociology professor Dr. Timothy Epp contacted Ms Kreviazuk through her MySpace site, inviting her to speak to his Popular Culture class. She agreed, providing Redeemer students raise $2500 for War Child Canada (WCC), a charity dedicated to providing urgently needed humanitarian assistance to war-affected children around the world. Long an advocate and supporter of WCC, Kreviazuk often lends her name and talents to fundraising efforts on its behalf.

Although the minimum donation required for her visit was $2500, the students more than doubled that amount. During the presentation, Alyson Rowe, manager of public outreach for War Child Canada, announced that the donation by Redeemer students was the largest of any college or university in Canada. “I want to thank you all for stepping up to the plate and making my cause your own,” said Kreviazuk. “The world is going to be a much better place because of the journey that you are on. Keep up the good work.”

After speaking about War Child, Kreviazuk sang two of her hits – “Feels Like Home” and “Julia” – before opening up the floor to questions. During the Q & A period, she answered students’ questions about topics such as motherhood, musicianship and the role of faith. Kreviazuk shared how she relies “on the two ‘humes’ – humility and humour,” to remain balanced while being both a successful musician and a human rights activist.

Kreviazuk was in Hamilton as part of her latest tour. She began her concert that night at Hamilton Place with praise for Redeemer students and their work in supporting War Child. Melissa Hogeboom and Laura Mainland, two of the students who headed up the fundraising efforts, were guests of Chantal at the concert, and were publicly thanked for their work.

Originally published in the Beacon, March/April, 2009.

Used with permission. Copyright © 2009 Christianity.ca.

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