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Chewstick to hold fundraiser

Chewstick has been known for putting the ‘fun’ in fundraiser — and this weekend’s charitable rally and open house will be no exception.

The artistic collective is inviting the community into its space on the corner of Elliot and Court Street for an afternoon of exciting tours, music and activities — like mural painting and sidewalk chalk art.

They are also expecting to entertain guests with performances by teen poet and spoken word artists, who take part in the ChewSLAM programme.

The ‘Fundraising Rally and Open House’ will take place on Saturday from 11am until 5pm.

A similar event last December proved to be extremely successful and attracted a wide array of people, including some who were experiencing the area for the first time.

Students Bryn Thomas, Chante Pitcher and Lesley Campbell, from Bermuda High School, will also be leading the mural painting at this weekend’s event.

They have spent the past month planning the design of the wall and have organised the community day as part of a class project.

Their goal has been to enhance work done by The Chewstick Foundation, by breaking down barriers for social change and community healing.

Miss Thomas, the group leader, said: “I have been involved with Chewstick programmes and see how focused they are in bringing everyone together, so it made sense that our project should help them to do that.

“We’re really excited for everyone to come out, get involved, and get to know Chewstick.”

The Chewstick Foundation hosts a variety of programmes to support youth, art, culture and community on the Island.

Ms Bean encouraged members of the public to come out with their friends and family and share in the fun of the day’s activities, particularly the mural.

Any monies raised from the event will help Chewstick to continue its programmes and get further in its aim of “enriching our Island home and the world”.

That same afternoon, members of Chewstick’s Teen Poetry & Spoken Word group ChewSLAM will be performing at the “Poetry in the Park” event at Par La Ville Park, from 4pm until 6pm.

For more information on either of these events, call the Chewstick Foundation office at 292-2439 or e-mail info@chewstick.org.

www.chewstick.org

Chewstick will be holding a fundraiser rally and open house on Saturday in a bid to raise awareness and money for its programmes. One of the highlights of the event will be a mural painting project, but there will also be tours of the facility happening and music and entertainment on offer. In this file photo are organiser Deidra Lee Bean and Chewstick founders Gavin Smith and Najib Chentauf.

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Published May 16, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm)

Chewstick to hold fundraiser

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