Community theology

12 Hours, One Man, $20K for Refugees

This year the event will be held on June 20th, 2017.

Monday, June 27th, Geoff Woodcroft from St. Paul Fort Garry will be playing guitar for 12 hours in an attempt to raise money for a soon to be arriving family of refugees. This event will be held at St. Paul Fort Garry Anglican Church, 830 North Drive, beginning at 8 am and running through to 8 pm.

One man playing for 12 hours
Geoff Woodcroft, the man who we’ll be playing for twelve hours.

While the last couple of years has seen an increased awareness of refugees, some people and groups have been working to assist refugees for many years. One such group is the Rupert’s Land Refugee committee. This group has been helping refugees find their place in Canada for many years. When an already in progress refugee sponsorship faced new challenges, they stepped up. 

12 Hours – Geoff Woodcroft

The video below features Geoff Woodcroft, priest at St. Paul’s Fort Garry Anglican Church. Among his many gifts and service to the church, Geoff has also served as my mentor both formally and informally. Despite having St. Paul’s to look after, Geoff has been a willing supporter of St. Philip’s as well, most notably at our pub night.
Geoff also likes to draw others into what God is doing in the world. This involves connecting with people in all sorts of interesting settings. One of the really enjoyable settings is open mic nights at Vinyl Revival. I’ve been to one of the open mic nights and it’s a great way to hear undiscovered talent. In particular there are a lot of very talented young people developing their musical chops in a warm, and supportive atmosphere. On the 27th, Geoff will be joined by musicians from Vinyl Revival in the late afternoon. That would be a great time to drop by.
Finally, the evening will close out, with Geoff and the Narwhals, the band he is part of, doing a couple of sets. I’ve had the chance to hear this band on several occasions and they are really good. If you can make it on the 27th of June, I encourage you to drop by St. Paul, Fort Garry Anglican Church, sometimes during the 12 hours, and take a listen and drop a couple of bills in the pot to help a new family get settled in Canada.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.