"The sad and shocking stories of abuse that I've read this year have given me ample motivation to raise awareness for these issues, as well as for an organization that fights back! I am proud to partner with Beyond Borders."
—Katie Murphy, Winnipeg singer songwriter
It's music with a charitable twist as a brand new
music series of concerts, called Choose Your Charity continues Thursday nights at the Winnipeg Free Press
News Cafe. The series was put together by James Struthers.
On February 2, the featured performer is Winnipeg based singer songwriter Katie Murphy. She released her debut CD A Nest in a Box in 2006. She's since toured the country and one of her songs was licensed for use on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Road Rules. Last year, she released Exes and Uh Ohs and is expecting a child very soon.
Here's what Katie Murphy has to say about giving and receiving charity.
Tell us about a time when you received the generosity of someone that made a difference to you?
When I had a newborn and a two year old, what I did not have a lot of was sleep. (Here we go again!!) Two wonderful and generous women; Emma Faraci and Sharon August would give of their time and energy to pick up my kids and go for a walk to give me time to sleep. Remembering how desperately the sleep was needed still makes me want to cry in gratitude! Its not only getting what you need, its knowing someone is there who will help care for you when you need it!
Tell us about a time where you gave to someone that made a difference in their lives?
Katie Murphy (Victoria Anne Photography)
As a self-employed artist and parent, I find creative ways to give what I can, when I can. For example, when a touring act comes through town with whom I share a show, I don't accept my half of the remuneration. Not all artists might agree with not being paid for a show but touring is hard and rarely pays enough. My half of the earnings are my little gift to the hard-working touring artists, my little encouragement to "keep on keeping on!"Why do you want to support Beyond Borders?
Recently, in China, 187 children were freed from two separate child trafficking rings. Over SIX HUNDRED people were arrested in connection. Being a compassionate human, I find this deplorable, as a parent, it is absolutely terrifying. What is so depraved in our world that we are desperately failing, and violently damaging our children?
A good friend of mine, and fellow mother, Christine Krahn, introduced me to a national, bilingual, volunteer organization: Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada
. Beyond Borders is a registered charity without political or religious affiliation advancing the rights of children everywhere to be free from sexual abuse and exploitation. The saddening and shocking stories of abuse that I've read this year have given me ample motivation to raise awareness for these issues, as well as for an organization that fights back! I am proud to partner with them!
Other artists in the series include Keri
Latimer, Don Amero, Flo, Thrift Store Love, Hayley Gene and James