Glasgow-based occupational health and safety advisor Lorraine Johnston was moved to action by the plight of friends in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina pummeled the city in August 2005, with catastrophic floods leaving thousands homeless.
Today, many of New Orleans’s homes and businesses remain abandoned and damaged beyond repair. Three years after the devastating floods, many people are still without a permanent home. Wanting to show her support for the city’s recovery, Lorraine hosted a number of fundraising events in support of the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH), which builds affordable houses in the area.
In keeping with the spirit of music that New Orleans represents, the events were centered around raffles of musical instruments. Prizes included three brand new guitars from RGM Music Shop in Kilmarnock, Scotland and a hand-painted violin which will be gifted to NOAHH for the musicians' village. Kansas City’s renowned bluegrass quartet The Wilders and world-famous New Orleans blues musician Chris Smither performed at two of the raffle events, while a third raffle event took place at Halcrow’s City Park office in Scotland.
Show your support!
It costs US$30,000 for one family home to be built. Lorraine is hoping to raise at least that amount, having raised just under US$3,000 so far. To make a donation, visit Habitat for Humanity’s donation page and click ‘Lorraine’s Project’ under ‘Donation’s Purpose’.
Photo: Lorraine with The Wilders and the winner of one of the guitars.