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Halifriends of Refugees concert raises $2,500 for sponsorship fund

The private sponsor group that wants to bring a Syrian family to Nova Scotia needs to raise $30,000 total. After Friday night's concert, the group has around $26,500.

Private sponsor group that wants to bring a family from Syria to N.S. needs to raise $30K

The band Glory Glory came up with the idea to hold a fundraising concert for Halifriends of Refugees. (CBC)

A concert for Halifriends of Refugees, a private sponsor group working to bring a Syrian family in Nova Scotia, raised $2,515.50 Friday night at the Seahorse Tavern. 

"It went really well," said Laura Simpson, manager of the band Glory Glory that came up with the idea for the fundraiser.

Simpson says the show — which featured Glory Glory, Alana Yorke, Kim Harris, J-Bru and Mardeen — was packed. She said many of the $15 tickets were sold in advance and that a lot of people came at the door.  

The lead singer for Glory Glory had been to Syria. Adam Warren's brother who worked there as a teacher.

Personal connection 

"It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. The people were so welcoming and friendly. It's horrifying to think of where things have ended up in the last couple of years," said Warren.

Halifriends of Refugees needs $30,000 total and after the show they now have around $26,500.

The money will help find a family accommodation and food. The organization hopes to connect them with other resources to find jobs. The plan is to have families operating independently after a year if arriving.

Adam Warren, lead singer for Glory Glory, says his brother once worked in Syria as a teacher. (CBC)

"When they arrive I'm sure it will be so emotional and humbling for us because these are the people that we've been imagining over the last few months," said Lucy DeCouture with Halifriends of Refugees.

She says many people have been generous, "including people who gave just a little bit and not necessarily a whole bunch."

The group has been fundraising for months by raking leaves, holding bake sales and putting donation jars out at different businesses.

Simpson says she is thankful to the Seahorse for providing the venue, all the musicians who took part and all of the people who turned out.

"What we did with the concert was not only add a bit of money but also raise awareness of the committee and the fact this is a way Canada is bringing refugees to Canada," said Simpson.

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