Cape Town, South Africa: TEARS (The Emma Animal Rescue Society) has formally been in operation since 1999, with still deeper roots. A new operator on the local scene, Unite The Crowd, wishes to introduce itself formally with a charity gig in support of the organization. Unite The Crowd seeks to gather metalheads behind the cause for a fundraiser; whereby all funds accumulated from ticket sales will be gifted to the charity.
“There are many reasons why we decided to do a fundraiser show. Everyday, we’d see homeless animals wondering the street and it broke my heart. None of those animals asked to be in those kind of circumstances. That was when we decided to do something about it”. ~ Tamlin Duckworth (event organizer, Unite The Crowd)
Tamlin describes the process of choosing an organization as daunting, given the large number of them. TEARS was mentioned frequently by fellow community members, plus some light shed on how the reputable organization is struggling financially.
“We went to TEARS on Mandela day and saw the great work that they do there. That was when we knew we wanted to help them in some way. They put everything into caring for and loving these animals, even though they are struggling”. ~ Tamlin Duckworth
Metalheads are gaining a reputation for putting others ahead
Stories of metalheads getting behind compassionate causes are not new to M4A. Support for animals is quite common. There have also been some great initiatives getting behind people-oriented issues. For example, in 2015, metalheads of all backgrounds, and in different Southern African cities took a stand against xenophobia; a phenomenon which up-heaved many lives at that time. Funds were raised for relief efforts in aid of those who lost homes and possessions. Metalheads are often ostracized by society, and perhaps it is important for many among us to remind ourselves that we are also a part of humanity; regardless of how we are often regarded.
“We want to show people that metalheads do care. We are human. We hope that this event will be a great success so that there may be many more events like this in the future”. ~ Tamlin Duckworth
A Second Chance will be hosted at ROAR Live on Saturday 16 September. Bands on the line-up include Ethyl Ether, Nethercyst, With Dawn, Bottom Feeder and As Time Divides, drawing upon a diverse variety of styles beneath the Metal umbrella and close counterparts. For full details and updates, join the facebook event page. To learn more about TEARS, visit the official website.
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