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Chewstick stages ‘heart of gold’ tag day

Chewstick is asking its supporters to show they have ‘hearts of gold' this Wednesday. The local arts education charity will be hosting its annual tag day to raise money to help with general operational costs and to improve its current programmes.

Volunteers and artists will be stationed outside businesses throughout Hamilton — and each person who donates will be given a ‘Heart of Gold' sticker.

A range of musicians, poets and performers will also be entertaining passersby, including ukulele artist Mike Hind, poet Spring Flower and rapper The Riddla.

Chewstick is looking to raise $15,000 this year — and to help them reach their goal they will be offering an online option for those who can't make it to the city to give. Starting today, and going on until Saturday, people can donate through www.ptix.bm.

Chewstick co-founder Gavin ‘Djata' Smith said the ‘Virtual Tag Day' proved a success last year and praised it as “a new fundraising model for the non-profit community”.

“This year we are upping the ante again, giving supporters of the campaign the opportunity to join Bermuda's first ever Thunderclap campaign to get the word out to the world about our Tag Day on Wednesday,” he said. “There is a catch however, as we need at least 100 supporters to sign-up in order to activate the Thunderclap across the globe.”

Thunderclap gives people a platform to share a project or fundraiser, such as this one. If enough people support it, the website will send a timed Facebook Post or Tweet to the organisation's supports, thus creating a wave of attention.

The Chewstick Foundation is hoping the funds will help them to continue their important work in the community: uniting people together, healing past wounds and giving people a space to express themselves “in an environment of respect, freedom, love, and truth”.

You can find Chewstick artists performing outside: Digicel (Church Street), The Phoenix Store (Reid Street), Rock Island Coffee, Miles Market and the SuperMart on Front Street.

Other donation posts will be located at Butterfield Bank (Reid Street and Rosebank), People's Pharmacy, HSBC (Harbourview) and The Marketplace (Church Street).

For more information, call The Chewstick Foundation office at 292-2439 or e-mail info@chewstick.org for more information, or to sign up to volunteer.

Useful website: www.chewstick.org.

Chewstick will be holding its annual tag day on Wednesday. Chewstick founder Gavin Smith and spokeswoman Deidra Lee Bean are holding up the ‘heart of gold' tag and encouraging all people to support the charity.(Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published October 21, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm)

Chewstick stages ‘heart of gold’ tag day

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