Some $6,000 was raised for Sarnia’s Inn of the Good Shepherd thanks to a New Year’s Eve concert streamed online by local musician Andrew Borody.
The live performance and fundraiser was the brainchild of Rodney Medwid and Kendra Petley, who launched a Facebook group earlier this year to help local businesses survive the pandemic.
‘Supporting Sarnia Businesses During Covid-19’ has grown to more than 13,000 members, and has expanded to help struggling families and individuals. The group also holds virtual concerts featuring local musicians and encourages donations to charity during the performances.
“Back when Covid initially hit, they asked me to do an online show. They would pair up the concert with a meal from a local restaurant for exposure,” said Borody, who, along with artists like Scott Manery, Marty Oblak and Dave Russell have been featured, raising more than $2,000 for the Inn of the Good Shepherd and other non-profits.
“When this second wave hit, they asked if I would be interested in doing a New Year’s Eve concert for the Inn,” Borody said. “I was hoping to raise as much as last time.”
Viewers were able to donate online during the live 90-minute concert, and the money quickly poured in, even in the days following the show, reaching $6,000 by Sunday.
“We were pretty excited when we saw the donations roll in like they did,” he said.