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Paul Brandt's New Build It Forward TV Show Still Needs Sponsors, Volunteers

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Paul Brandt —  photo credit: Build It ForwardIn a new television series, Build It Forward, hosted by country singer Paul Brandt, seven families at risk of becoming homeless will each receive a new home and have the opportunity to build a home for another family in a developing country.

The show, produced by Corkscrew Media, is scheduled to air on CMT beginning in 2011, and will be available in over nine million homes across Canada.

It will initially be filmed in the Calgary area, then a production team will accompany the Canadian families when they go overseas to build homes for the other seven families.

Individuals or companies will be able to inquire about volunteering or providing products or services by visiting www.builditforward.ca, which is not yet live, but “coming soon,” according to the web page.

Brandt, the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history, received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award in 2008 at the Juno Awards. He supports numerous organizations and causes including Alberta Children’s Hospital where he once worked, The Alberta Neurofibromatosis Association, the Alberta Torch Run for Special Olympics and the Brandon Cole Memorial Fund aimed at raising awareness of youth suicide and bullying. Brandt is also involved with international relief organizations such as World Vision and programs including Turn on the Tap, which provides safe drinking water to families in the developing world.

Build It Forward provides families in need with the opportunity to create a better life for themselves while giving them the chance to help a family in need in another country,” Brandt said in a press statement. “It’s very rewarding for me to see the tremendous impact this project has on everyone involved, from the participating families to the project volunteers. It’s a feel good show that demonstrates how truly blessed we are in Canada, and the opportunity we all have to give back in so many ways.”

“Corkscrew Media has been a long time producer of quality television programs, and we’re thrilled to be working with Paul Brandt, CMT and our other partners and sponsors on this exciting project,” Corkscrew Media owner Scott Henuset added in the statement. “This program will be educational, inspirational, and demonstrate the success we can achieve when we work together for a greater good.”

Partners of Built It Forward include Habitat for Humanity Calgary, Samaritan’s Purse and the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Sponsors include Stepper Custom Homes, Jayman MasterBUILT, Baywest Homes, Carma Developers, The Vintage Fund, Bennett Jones LLP, Harmony Park Developments Corp., Broadview Homes, Qualico Developments, Government of Alberta, Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP, Kohler, Direct Energy, RBC Foundation, Husky Energy, The Ensuite, Idea Den, Fan Torrent, Keller Williams Realty South and FM Systems.

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