Shanty Men donate album cash to feed the poor
PUBLISHED: 16:04 18 January 2011
The Exmouth Shanty Men are to donate the proceeds of their next album to help educate farmers in Zimbabwe and to feed the poor
The Exmouth Shanty Men are to donate the proceeds of their third album to help feed the poor in Africa.
Exmouth’s boy band has joined forces with a Cornish brewery in a bid to raise £50,000 to help feed a million of the world’s poorest people.
The group plans to hand over the proceeds from their third album, The Fully Shanty, to a project teaching farmers in Zimbabwe better irrigation and farming methods.
The group hopes to raise at least £5,000 from album sales for the Zimpro project – made possible thanks to Truro-based Skinners Brewery meeting full production costs.
The total raised will be match funded by the European Commission.
Martin John Nicholls, founder of the band and South West regional manager for Christian Aid, said: “We hope to raise a total of £50,000 towards Zimpro - an amazing project teaching farmers in Zimbabwe better irrigation methods, crop storage and how to get better yields.
“That will contribute to feeding one million of the poorest people on the planet, not just once but consistently.” Brewery chief executive Steve Skinner said: “The Exmouth Shanty Men are one of the top shanty crews in the West Country and have made a huge name for themselves both with their singing and with their charity fund-raising.”
The Full Shanty is a live recording of the Shanty Men’s performance at the town’s Blackmore Theatre in June last year as part of Exmouth Festival.