Local organizers with RAVEN Trust, an organization that leads Indigenous legal defence campaigns, raised over $5500 during Salt Spring Island's very first COVID-19 appropriate floating concert. The idea was dreamt up by local organizer extraordinaire, Andrea Palframan, who is the Director of Engagement and Communication with the Victoria based non-profit.
The 'Throw a Boat Down - Concert Afloat with Luke Wallace' invited community members to participate in a truly unique Salt Spring Island fundraising experience that would also ensure physical distancing protocols could be observed. Over 40 different watercraft, canoes, paddle boards, kayaks, and small boats, with more than 80 people in them, floated together while listening to activist/musician Luke Wallace sing in support of RAVEN Trust's work. Another 50+ people also watched from along the shore.
Luke Wallace played a number of his songs that included appeals for respect and preservation of the natural world and Indigenous rights and culture. He performed while floating on local pontoon boat 'Pontiki' which was donated for use by its owners for the event.
Many in the crowd seemed to really appreciate being out on the water together in this unique way for a good cause, even more so because of the past many months restrictions on indoor and outdoor entertainment events. Dozens of other supporters, who were not able to participate in person, joined in via livestream.