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(Monday, September 16/2002)-- Hundreds of inner-city children, young people and their families are hoping the first annual "Funkraiser" planned for this coming weekend will be a huge success, Councillor Dawn Sloane said today.
Councillor Sloane said all of the proceeds from the "Funkraiser" at the Halifax Wanderers Grounds on Saturday will go to Camp Brunswick, a camp for inner-city children and youths constructed recently at Chezzetcook.
"Camp Brunswick is a dream come true for these kids and their parents. The thought of a vacation away from home may not mean much to most people, but for these kids it's like winning the lottery. Many have never been outside the city before and they consider the Camp-- which is not officially open yet-- to be "theirs'". It's a special place for them," the Councillor said.
Local musician Mike Cowie is making arrangements for a number of popular bands and entertainers to appear, such as Jamie Sparks, Dee Dee Slye and Joe Murphy and the Water Street Blues Band. Also, there will be entertainment for children, a talent show and a "best wings" cook-off.
Everyone involved in the "Funkraiser" is donating their time and all proceeds from the event will go to Camp Brunswick.
Councillor Sloane, Mike Cowie and others will hold a news conference on Thursday, September 19th, at Staynor's Pub, near the Halifax Ferry Terminal, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Members of the media are urged to come along and find out more about the "Funkraiser" and to help promote the effort to give these inner-city young people an opportunity for a vacation in the beautiful Nova Scotia countryside.
When: Thursday, September 19, 2002
Where: Staynor's Pub, Halifax Ferry Wharf
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Councillor Dawn Sloane
Brunswick Street United Church