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Colleen Down (left) of Empowering Beyond Barriers, and Susan Robichaud are busy getting ready for the Imagine No Hunger sing-along to take place in Victoria Square on Thursday. All cash and food donations from the event will go to the Amherst and Springhill food banks.
AMHERST – The iconic song Imagine, written by John Lennon, may be heard all through Amherst this week. Empowering Beyond Barriers is hosting a sing-along in Victoria Square to help raise donations and food donations for the local food banks.
“Yoko Ono initiated it because of the 40th anniversary of the song, Imagine,” said Colleen Dowe, one of the event organizers. “We thought we could do it here and we did it last year in Victoria Square.”
Dowe said her group thought it would be a great way to help out the food bank while showcasing some of the great talent in the area.
“We have great talent here, more than I was ever aware of,” she said. “People jumped on the idea and loved it. It was something we could do that cost us very little money and the community rallied for it. Any time we can get the community to rally together is good.”
Susan Robichaud, one of the performers for the event, said there will be different acts, all performing their own version of the famous song.
“The Jazz choir from Amherst Regional High School is going to do one,” she said. “We also have Ed Cooke, the Fellas, Michele (Maltby) LeBlanc is going to do a version as well as Tony Robichaud and Michelle LeBlanc. Ms. Liz and Elizabeth Cooke-Sumbu are going to be doing a hip-hop version.”
Jim Scopie will be playing the song on the church bells at the beginning and end of all of the performances.
“I’m going to be doing a jazz version with a surprise accompaniment,” said Robichaud.
Last year, the event raised over $200 plus food donations for the food bank. This year, the singing will take place Thursday in Victoria Square, if the weather is good. If the weather is bad, the event will move into the First Baptist Church. Singing will commence at 12:30 and run until 1 p.m. All cash and food donations will go to both the Amherst and Springhill food banks.