Cancer fundraising CD

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A new, locally produced CD created to raise money for cancer research features original tunes penned by student musicians from across the Upper Canada District School Board, says Brandon Mooney, the organizer of the project.

The 11-song CD, entitled Living in the Chorus, is available for sale by students at a variety of high schools across the Leeds-Grenville, Lanark, Prescott-Russell, and Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry areas.

The CD has been created as a fundraiser for the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Prescott-Russell branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. It was designed to draw attention to the contributions of youth in our communities to show that they care about others, said Mooney.

The CD also relates to character and the idea of persevering against cancer—one of the chief reasons that the Upper Canada District School Board Character Always! program helped sponsor the CD. The album features original songs that deal with the fight against cancer. Song topics range from the relief of overcoming the disease to how it influences our lives as it touches us individually or through friends and family.

Bands and students whose work is featured on the CD include • The Double, comprised of Brett Koluk and Jordan Shew from Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute • Set in Motion, comprised of Laura Mcrae, Andrew Hunt, and Chad Wilson, students from St. Michael’s Catholic High School in Kemptville • Crossfire, featuring Char-Lan District High School students Jake Sanchez, Tyler McDonald, Eric Jalbert, Sean MacDonald, and Cameron Pearson, as well as Alexander MacMillan, who attends Glengarry District High School • Good Question, featuring Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute students Vivienne Walz, Corey Berthiaume, William Laurin and Josef Rodger • Chewing on Tinfoil, comprised of Brockville Collegiate Institute graduates Sean Viger, Jeremie Viger and Steve Look • Render the Fallen, featuring the work of Seaway District High School students and graduates Mooney, Scott Douma, Cory Blokland, Brett Baker, and Steve Baird • The Sunday Fire, comprised of musicians Jordan Smith, Brendan Kennedy, Ian Bain, and Nick Carbery from Thousand Islands Secondary School • Discover Atlantic, featuring Adam Jasim from Rothwell-Osnabruck School

The CD also features solo performances by Brockville Collegiate Institute student Maddy Palmer, Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute student Joe Rodger, as well as Mooney.

The CD, produced by Heaven’s Radio Studio in Vankleek Hill, cost about $12,000 to create. Mooney and his supporters have raised about $6,000 to offset that cost through sponsorships by various businesses, the selling of ads on the back of the CD cover, as well as a range of student fundraisers from penny drives to dances. It is hoped that remaining costs can be covered through sales as well as other fundraising initiatives.

Instead of setting a firm price on the CD, Mooney is asking for a minimum donation of $15 for Living in the Chorus. An area Scotiabank branch has also agreed to make matching donations to the fundraising campaign up to a set amount.

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society, Upper Canada District School Board Character, Brockville Collegiate Institute Catholic High School Rothwell-Osnabruck School Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute Scotiabank

Geographic location: Canada District, Vankleek Hill, Smiths Falls District Kemptville Thousand Islands

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