Over the course of Summer \’08, I met up with a high school friend of mine who introduced me to Song For Africa / Canadian Artists For African Aid, a humanitarian movement I am very proud to promote, spread the word for, volunteer with and be part of.

I\’d like to take this moment to share with you a bit more about SFA\’s background and objectives, hopefully it will inspire in you the desire to join this worthy cause and help make a positive impact in this world.

In the spring of 2006, several up and coming and popular Canadian musicians came together to write and record a music single and video called A Song For Africa to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic in Africa. These artists included Billy Talent, Choclair, Damnhait Doyle, Kyle Riabko, Not By Choice, Luke McMaster, Big Sugar, Simon Wilcox, Rob Wells and Easily Amused. On August 13, 2006, the single and video premiered at The International AIDS Conference in Toronto, ON in front of 30,000 delegates. Since its premier, the music video has been in medium rotation on Much Music and the single has placed #2 on the Canadian Music Charts. Several radio and television stations including CHUM FM, E Talk Canada, ET Canada, CTV News, CBC News, Global TV and Much Music have all been extremely instrumental in lending their support to furthering the success of this project and raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic in Africa.

The non-profit organization Song for Africa/Canadian Artists for African Aid Inc. (CAFAA) was created in February 2007. Their objective is to educate Canadians on humanitarian issues in Africa, and to inspire change. In collaboration with local contacts on the ground, CAFAA will bring the reality of everyday life in Africa to a Canadian audience. The brainchild of Darcy Ataman, it seeks to build upon previous initiatives such as the ‘Song for Africa’ record and documentary. Members of the Canadian entertainment industry as well as private sector donors, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations, both in Africa and Canada, have created meaningful partnerships in order to help spread the message.

* To find out more please check out the official Song For Africa website: CLICK HERE!

* If you\’re on Facebook, join the Song For Africa fan page: CLICK HERE TOO!

\”It isn\’t that hard to make a difference, all it takes is a little persistence\”.

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