Sultans of String, a Canadian fusion music group with overseas roots, has teamed up with UNHCR, the United Nations Agency for Refugees in Canada, to help traumatized people worldwide as they flee war and other humanitarian disasters.
The holiday season fundraising effort during the world music band's current North American tour will see 10 percent of CD sales and 10 percent of concert proceeds donated to the UNHCR, which helps coordinate the international response to global refugee and migrant flows.
Sultans of String's manager Lisa Weitz tells Samaritanmag that at each show the group has a banner, a booth with a donation box, magazines, postcards, pens, stickers, and makes two announcements from the stage about the cause and call for donations.
"They would have liked to donate a greater percentage, but they didn’t get any local/provincial/federal grants this year for this tour so all expenses of the sextet — and some special guests— come out of the tix and CD sales," she says.
To date, the Sultans of String have raised $2000 on their UNHCR page, towards their $5000 goal to provide shelter, food, water, medical care and other survival aid to the world's growing population of asylum-seekers, internally displaced people and stateless people. – Continue reading Etan Vlessing’s feature about the group on the SamaritanMag website.