It’s time to crush cancer with a fundraiser that promises fun, laughter and a whole lot of song. It’s the Eagle’s Cancer Crusher Karaoke Marathon, planned and hosted by announcer Nikki Sullivan, to raise money for Relay for Life and the Cancer Society of Nova Scotia. The unique fundraising idea came to Sullivan because she knows how musical Cape Bretoners are.
“A friend of mine moved here from Alberta,” says the Cape Breton native, “and she’s amazed at how everyone here seems to sing or play an instrument or both. So I thought what better way to bring awareness and raise money for Relay for Life than having a singing marathon.”
“With a disease as devastating as cancer it’s nice to be able to do something that brings a smile to people’s faces,” she adds.
Sullivan won’t be alone for the 13-hour singing fest, taking place at the Mayflower Mall, outside Future Shop, Wednesday, May 28th. Local musicians, professional and amateur, are coming to show support and sing a few tunes from the karaoke playbook, including ECMA winner Mike LeLievre (Slowcoaster, Jordan Musycsyn Band), Aaron Lewis, Andrew Doyle and musical theatre performers Ross Hunter and Paul Turner.
The event kicks off at 8am and the songs don’t stop until 9pm. From 5pm on it is the kids fun time, with visits from Mayflower Molly, Minnie & Mikey Mouse, and a special visit from a karaoke loving princess. Michael’s is providing crafts for the kiddies and Sullivan hopes they will get up and sing.
“Hopefully I get lots of people singing,” she enthuses. “Music can be so healing and I am hoping we can bring some joy to people’s lives while raising money for cancer research and the Cancer Society.”
The goal is to raise $5000. People don’t have to donate to sing, however, they can donate to request a song be sung for them. Donations can also be made via Sullivan’s fundraising page, on site the day of, by phone or using the text to call method. Luminaries will also be sold on site.