Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and author Greg Godovitz pulled in favours from a lot of musical friends who signed a Fender acoustic guitar that was auctioned for $28,765 in support of Global Medic’s efforts to assist victims of British Columbia’s recent floods.
Godovitz, best known as the bassist and vocalist for 1970s and ‘80s power trio Goddo, began his campaign in November and received great support from kind-hearted members of the Canadian music industry who answered the call to help for those in need.
Jessica Reid and Chris Gellatly were the winning bidders for Godovitz’s “United Legends” guitar, which was signed by Godovitz, Murray McLauchlan, Alex Lifeson, Gordon Lightfoot, David Clayton Thomas, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins, Eddie Kramer, Larry Gowan, Mike Levine, Rik Emmett, Gil Moore, Alan Frew, Kim Mitchell, Geddy Lee, Andy Curran, Dale Harrison, Carole Pope, Alessia Cara, Donna Grantis, Bif Naked, Sandy Horne, Tim Welch, Don Stevenson, Bill Dillon, Pat Kelly, Tim Notter, Astrid Young, Ray Farrugia, Denise Donlon, Dan Clancy, Paul Hoffert, Lou Pomanti, Edmund Pilling, Rhonda Bruce, Mike McKenna, Prakash John, Gord McKinnon, Marty Morin, Steve Jensen, Thomas Morley-Turner, Danny Marks and members of Anvil, Blue Rodeo, 54-40 and Barenaked Ladies.
The David McAntony Gibson Foundation, which operates as GlobalMedic, is a registered Canadian charity that has provided disaster relief and life-saving humanitarian aid since 2002. It claims to have responded to 237 disasters and helped four million people in 78 countries.
GlobalMedic volunteers on the ground in B.C. started assisting victims immediately after the flooding in mid-November. Ontario volunteers assembled non-perishable food hampers and clean-up and hygiene kits that included such items as disinfectant, all-purpose cleaners, garbage bags, rubber gloves, laundry supplies, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes that were flown westward via Air Canada.
Global Medic has also offered free wash and fold laundry services to those who were displaced or needed support upon moving back into their homes.
GlobalMedic has pledged to look for gaps in support to make sure it’s reaching those who are most vulnerable.
People interested in donating to GlobalMedic can do so here.