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24 hour Music Marathon in Watchet to raise money for Syrian victims
9:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A WATCHET resident is organising a 24-hour Music Marathon to raise money for victims of the Syrian war.
Pete Stevenson – or ‘Pete the Poet’ – says he feels very moved by the Syrian war and wants to do something to help.
Pete said: “Once something isn’t on the TV or news any more, it’s so easy for people to forget about it.
“I could just put my hand in my pocket and donate £10 and say, well there’s my contribution, but I wanted to do something more worthwhile.”
Pete is hoping to raise around £1,000 for the charity Hand in Hand for Syria.
He has already raised money for them by running the Bridgwater and Bristol half-marathons but decided he wanted to make a bigger contribution.
Mr Stevenson added: “I came up with the idea about a week ago and I thought it would be a great way to raise money as I work with a lot of musicians but I still need help.”
The 24-hour Music Marathon will be taking place in The Sanctuary, Watchet, which is owned by the Watchet Baptist Church who have been highly supportive of Pete’s idea.
It will start at 10am on Saturday, October 26, and finish at 10am on Sunday.
Pete, a former head teacher, runs creative workshops in schools and retirement homes and corporate days teaching people about the values of equality and diversity.
He is also a poet, and writes poems for all occasions, even divorce.
Pete said: “It was great being a head teacher but there is life after management and my work gives me the opportunity to show the best of myself.”
Musicians and sponsors are still needed and there will be a meeting in the Reading Room, Minehead, on Friday, October 4, at 7:30pm for people interested in getting involved.
Local businesses have already pledged their support, including Graham Kennedy, from the Watchet Post Office, who will perform at the event.
Pete said: “There’s so much going on in the world and it’s good to help innocent people caught up in the mess of war.”
For more information, email Pete at email@example.com
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