A Duxbury High School junior is working to raise money to send to those who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines the only way he knows how: through music.
Christian Sibley, a member of the DHS band “Between Boundaries,” which was formerly called “New Violet,” has formed an organization and is planning a fundraising event to raise money for those suffering in the Philippines by inviting popular local bands for an evening of entertainment.
Sibley got the idea for the event, “Band Up for the Philippines,” after a relative who has family in the Philippines lost a family member. With a number of local bands, DHS student bands and DHS alumni, the event will donate proceeds to the American Red Cross and will be specifically designated for relief efforts in the Philippines.
“We have very little overhead for this event because so many of the people involved have donated their time, the venue and items for a raffle,” Sibley said. “We’ve been lucky to secure a number of corporate sponsors and without them we wouldn’t be able to get the event off the ground.”
Sibley said his goal is to raise at least $6,000 but said if he doesn’t reach his goal he will not be disappointed.
“I think the important thing is to aim high,” he said. “If we aim very high and don’t quite reach our goal the odds are that we will still have raised a significant amount of money.”
Sibley said if the event is successful he would like to formally apply to a non-profit designation for Band Up and would like to raise money for those affected by all forms of tragedies. Ultimately, Sibley said he’d like the organiza- tion to be able to give money specifically to a designated cause instead of going through a larger agency like the Red Cross.
As a junior, Sibley said he is looking at studying marketing management and communications in college. His top schools are Syracuse University, University of Vermont and the University of Michigan. He said he hopes to continue with Band Up even after high school.
Band Up for the Philippines will take place on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. For more information visit fbl.me/ bandup.