Tibetans preserve their unique culture.
Punks for Monks Fundraising Concert
May 11, 2002
Medland, a grade 11 student, had some extra time on her hands
in January 2002. The teachers went out on strike for three weeks
in Cochrane, Alberta, leaving students more time to engage in
conversations on their favourite on-line chat sites. Barbara posted
a message on a chat site to do with Tibet's on-going plight to
gain political and cultural autonomy from China by peaceful means.
None of her friends on calgarypunk.com seemed to know much about
it, and she thought they ought to. So she decided to tap into
her contacts in the music scene in Calgary, and put on a Tibet
major setbacks were overcome with will power and good fortune,
and after months of planning the concert was held on May 11th,
2002, at the Calgary Mulitcultural Center. The hall was filled
with posters, Tibetan prayer flags, punk music, and a wonderful
crowd of young punkers who were earnestly mesmerized by the stories
about Tibet. The volunteers were well taken care of, with home
made pizzas and cheese cake made for them by Barbara.
for Monks' great success lay in all the wonderful people who volunteered
their time, talents and material. Just to give an idea of the
variety of people who were involved directly or indirectly, these
are just some of the people who stood up and supported Barbara
in this venture:
- One Shot
- The Martyr
Tapp, member of One Shot Left who helped in many aspects of the
whole project, and gave much encouragement and support to Barbara
Brian and Paula Stanko who photocopied all the posters for the
event at no charge, and who brought prayer flags and posters to
decorate the hall, information from the Tibetan government in
exile, friendship bracelets and T-shirts in support of the Gu-Chu-Sum
Movement of Tibet (that helps Tibetan victims of torture), and
who collected signatures for the release of the Panchum Lama,
and collected long lists of concert attendants who were willing
to help with future Tibet awareness efforts.
Coyn a grade 12 student in Calgary, and member of Amnesty International
who helped to put up posters, put together an information brochure,
and helped to run the concession the night of the event.
Chappel a Cochrane sign maker who despite the $50.00 budget, made
a huge sign for the event at no extra charge.
Skateboarding manufacturer in Cochrane donated a skateboard as
a door prize for the event.
Close a professional event promoter who helped to disseminate
and IGA who donated chips, donuts and drinks for the volunteers
at the show.
addition, many people helped out the night of the event, managing
the door and the sound system, co-ordinating the bands, working
the concession, and decorating etc. The media also supported the
concert with two advanced articles in the local paper, and a radio
interview on CBC. On the night of the event CTV covered the event
for their evening news.
event brought in close to $1800.00. After paying for the hall
and sound system rental, and a few miscellaneous expenses, Barbara
was able to raise $801.00 toward the Jamseng Health Centre in
eastern Tibet, and $150.00 toward the Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet.
for Monks was very successful on many levels raising awareness
of Tibet's plight in the open minds of concerned young people;
raising money for two compelling humanitarian causes; uniting
a local punk music community in a common altruistic cause; and
providing so many individuals with the opportunity to feel empowered
about giving, and how easy it is to make a difference.