PUGWASH – He wore black for the poor and the beaten down, living in the hopeless, hungry side of town and now this sea side village is paying homage to the Man In Black as a way to stock it’s local foodbank.
The Open Hamper Foodbank fares rather well during the holidays, but now that times has come and gone it’s time for volunteers to renew their efforts to top up their shelves and an idea was hatched to give a nod to Johnny Cash, the famed country singer renown for never losing the common touch. The reason, Pugwash Co-Op board of director member Bert McWade says, goes back to a little unknown story from when Cash toured the region, performing in Moncton and Charlottetown.
“A friend of mine back then, Winston Cheverie in Charlottetown, was a tax driver and he was hired to drive Johnny Cash when he was in Charlottetown,” McWade said.” He picked him up at the airport and at the corner of St. Peters Rd. and Brackley Point Rd. there was a store and he said to stop there so he could get some bologna. He said he loved bologna and for the rest of the drive he sat in the back cutting slices with his pocket knife and eating it.”
It was a simple story that stuck with McWade and presented itself right when the Open Hamper Foodbank needed it. This month just so happens to be the month Johnny Cash was born and everything started to click for a fun fundraiser.
“If you come to the Pugwash Co-Op on Wed, Feb. 26, and donate anything to the foodbank we’ll give you a free bologna sandwich in honour of Johnny Cash,” McWade said. “We’re going to have cake with black icing, we’ll be playing Johnny Cash music, the staff are going to wear black, when you’re shopping dress in black. It’s a fun thing and it helps the foodbank.”
Did you know…
Outside of his music, Johnny Cash was a silent supporter of many charities and causes. He sent underprivileged students to college, supported military veterans and even went so far to personally drive one veteran to have a prosthetic leg made, telling staff to fit the veteran with best leg they could make and send him his bill.
Following a performance at a high school in the late 1950’s, Cash was found going through the locker room looking for the most worn out pair of shoes in the school, leaving a $100 bill behind for the student to buy new ones.