(Edmonton, AB) Canadian country music singer Gord Bamford and the Canadian 4-H Council have formed a partnership to raise funds for 4-H clubs across Canada.
The “Gord Bamford and Friends of 4-H Rural Roots Run Deep” fundraising project will provide an opportunity for 28,000 4-H members from clubs in every Canadian province to sell Bamford’s brand new CD titled “Day Job” which is set to be released to retail markets on April 6, 2010. 4-Her’s will also be able to sell Bamford’s current CD titled Honkytonks and Heartaches. A portion of the profits from those CD sales will go back to the 4-H members’ club.
“I am very excited to have developed this great partnership with 4-H Canada, and having the chance to give back to an organization that had such a big impact on my youth,” explains Bamford, an alumni of Alberta 4-H. “What I gained from 4-H was invaluable, and it only makes sense for me, in my current career, to want to give back. I look forward to a great working relationship with 4-H in Canada.”
“It is especially fitting that Gord has partnered with 4-H Canada, due to the fact that he is a former 4-H member,” says Mike Nowosad, CEO for the Canadian 4-H Council. “Gord exhibits all the characteristics that 4-H embodies and this is apparent in his life and his music. We are extremely appreciative to Gord for this opportunity and his support of 4-H Canada.” The mission of the Canadian 4-H Council is to provide a strong national platform that offers innovative support and initiatives which inspire youth to become contributing leaders in their communities.
Bruce Banks, CEO of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, was instrumental in encouraging other provincial 4-H organizations to become involved in the project. “Not only do we get an opportunity to work with one of our successful 4-H Alumni, a portion of the CD sales will go to the 4-H Foundation of Alberta Legacy Fund to enhance member and leader experiences through programs, workshops and special events.”
Bamford acknowledges the importance of 4-H within rural communities and wants his public profile to help create opportunity, strengthen rural communities across Canada and affect positive change for 4-H members.
Bamford recently won a SOCAN (The Society of Composers Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) award
on Monday, November 23, 2009 for his song “Stayed Til Two” as one of the top three Country Music songs that achieved the greatest number of performances on domestic radio in 2008. A past Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) winner in 2008, Bamford, his band and management team received nine CCMA nominations in 2009.