The Chewstick Foundation will be holding a “Chewstick Fundraising Rally & Open House”, this Saturday, December 1st 2012 from 11am-5pm. The highlight of which will be the painting of a 12ft x 30ft mural with the theme of “Peace”, to be painted on the exterior Court Street wall of their facility on the corner of Court Street and Elliot Street in North Hamilton.
On their first “Chewstick Fundraising Rally & Open House” The Chewstick Foundation (Registered Charity #857) will host tours of the Chewstick Facility, mural painting, performances, side-walk chalk art, guest speakers, dj’s and open-mic. This event will be the kick off to a fundraising campaign to service general operating expenses, programme funding and to continue their service to the community and help to keep this much needed charity thriving.
The Rally will be an opportunity to continue The Chewstick Foundation’s Community Art Programme and the beautification of the North Hamilton area, which began with 4ft x 8ft paintings donated by The Ministry of Education, and continued recently with the painting of their outdoor benches and tables courtesy of Blue Halo, and primary Programme Sponsor, Rowe Spurling Paint Co. Ltd.
“We firmly believe in the power of art to not only change people’s lives for the better, but the community as well” says Chewstick Foundation Founder & Executive Director Gavin Djata Smith, “which is why we are continuing this programme, but we need your help” The general public are being invited and encouraged to lend a helping hand in painting the “Peace Wall” on the Court Street side of the building.
“The theme of “Peace” was chosen due to the ongoing challenges with gun violence in Bermuda as well as the global acts of war, violence and intolerance.” Supporters are encouraged to bring friends, family and talents to share and participate in the days activities to help raise the funds needed to support The Chewstick Foundation.
The Rally will be followed by a Tag Day taking place on Friday, December 7th in the City of Hamilton, with the goal of raising $30,000. Chewstick invites, high school students, Bermuda’s artists and anyone interested to help on one of the tag day shifts, while asking the broader community to lend their support by donating and wearing a Chewstick “Heart of Gold” on Friday. In a novel twist to conventional Tag Days, Chewstick will be utilizing its member base to perform at different Tag posts in busking style street performance, which should definitely be a treat for passers by.
People interested in volunteering for the Chewstick Fundraising Rally & Open House, Tag Day or any number of other Chewstick Foundation initiatives can call The Chewstick Foundation office at 292-2439, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chewstick.org for more information.