Dear Stephen, February 10, 2004
The power of an individual to effect positive change for many has never been better evidenced than in your work to bring hope and relief to people living with AIDS in Africa.
A few years ago, while I was the curator of a small gallery in Lucan, Ontario, Andre Jacquet delivered the keynote address to open the premiere show of Africus. Two Canadian artists represented in the exhibition were so moved by Mr. Jacquet’s speech about the devastation in Africa, that they took it upon themselves to do something. As you are aware, A.I.D.S. (Artists In Direct Support) was founded, with your support and endorsement, and has since raised several thousand dollars for children living with AIDS in Africa.
Today, I am again working with an outstanding Canadian artist, a musician who passionately believes that through his music he can help to make a difference. I am asking you to give him an opportunity to demonstrate his commitment to the AIDS cause, and consider endorsing his new project.
Canadian recording artist Tim Lawson watched the recent airing of David Suzuki’s special about your work in Africa. He was inspired to write a song called “Why Me”. He plans for it to be a feature song on his fifth album, “So Many Stories”.
Tim wants to release his new CD in early May, with $5.00 from each sale going to The Stephen Lewis Foundation to assist in your efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. His goal is to raise at least $100,000, and also to help increase Canadian awareness.
Philanthropy is not new to Mr. Lawson. Past projects have seen hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for a variety of charities, most notably the Jesse’s Journey publication, which has raised more than $100,000 for Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy, and the Lest We Forget campaign that has already raised over $75,000 for the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund. Tim is an Ambassador for MS and a sponsor of many other charitable causes.
Stephen, I hope that you will embrace this project and lend it your support. In the meantime, you may wish to visit the Timberholme Music & Books website at www.Timberholme.com. I would appreciate if you could forward a mailing address to allow me to furnish you with the new So Many Stories demo CD and promotional materials.