Crazy pianos play for New Orleans
8 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — A piano bar near The Hague has organised an all-day concert on Sunday to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
8 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — A piano bar near The Hague has organised an all-day concert on Sunday to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
"The concert will be a way for expats to come together as a community during this fun event to lend a hand to those who have lost everything because of the hurricane," organiser Orin Sands said on Thursday.
Sands, who has been in the Netherlands for five years, works at Crazy Pianos in Scheveningen.
Earlier this year the bar organised a similar event to raise money for the victim of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Sands noted the that former colleagues from Crazy Pianos moved to New Orleans. Their home has been destroyed as has their place of work on Bourbon Street in the city. They will probably be out of work for six months to a year.
"Having been through Hurricane Andrew in Florida, I felt it was my turn to do something for those who have lost everything to Katrina," Miami-native Sands said.
Relief organisations in the Netherlands have not organised a national fund-raising appeal and many people who want to help are not aware of how they can send money.
"This is not a political thing or a case of finger-pointing. We at Crazy Pianos just want to give people the opportunity to help," Sands said. The money raised will be donated directly to the American Red Cross.
Expats and Dutch people are invited to come to the bar on Sunday and donate money to request a song from the on-duty pianists. The song can be anything — from Madonna to Frank Sinatra to Andre Hazes. There will also be auctions, special food and a "few surprises".
"The seven piano players will do their best to accommodate all requests. It will be a fun event for a very worthy cause," Sands said.
People can also consult the American Embassy website for advice on other ways to help the Katrina relief effort.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news