Haiti fundraising 'mini festival' in Norwich

Sarah BrealeyA teenager who wanted to help earthquake victims in Haiti has organised a music and craft event in St Andrew's Hall, Norwich.Sarah Brealey

A teenager who wanted to help earthquake victims in Haiti has organised a music and craft event in St Andrew's Hall, Norwich.

Starbuck Friend, 19, initially planned to get buskers together to raise money for the earthquake appeal. But the idea grew and so many people wanted to join in that the event has turned into a mini-festival in St Andrew's Hall.

There are now six people, including her mother and stepfather on the organising committee for this Saturday's event. It will raise money for Save the Children's Haiti appeal.

Starbuck, who lives in Rosary Road, Thorpe Hamlet, said: 'Hearing about the earthquake and caring about that made me want to do something about it. Originally it was going to be a few buskers together but it has got bigger.'


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She does not know how much the event will raise, but hopes 200 people will attend. Stallholders will also contribute to the appeal.

Her mother Geraldine, a credit controller who lives on Bluebell Road in the Golden Triangle, said: 'I am incredibly proud of her. I always used to say she would change the world.

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'It's got bigger than any of us ever imagined. The thing I have found most inspiring is that everyone we have mentioned it to has wanted to do something, it has captured people's imagination.

'The people in Haiti don't even have water and they have been digging their loved ones out. To feel we can do something, even if it is only a drop in the ocean, is really good.'

The all-day event on will include family-friendly activities between 11am and 1pm, with bands from 1pm. There will be a craft fair and healing zone, dance demonstrations and Norwich band Bearsuit will be among those performing.

Starbuck, who moved to Norwich from Gloucestershire, is a keen musician who has played on stage with actor and musician Keith Allen - father of Lily Allen - at a Stroud music festival in September. He asked her to join him on stage when he recognised her from open mic sessions in his local pub. She said: 'I was stewarding at the festival and said hello to him and he said, 'You should sing with us.' I had my steward's outfit on and I had to borrow a guitar off them, but it only had five strings and the strap was really long, so it kept falling off!'

t The event is on Saturday, February 6, from 11am to 8pm. From 11am to 1pm entrance is by voluntary donation. After 1pm entrance to the crafts and healing area is still by donation, and entry to hear the bands is �5 for adults and donations for children.

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