Local musicians collaborate to support London Food Bank

Local musicians collaborate to support London Food Bank

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Local musicians collaborate to support London Food Bank
Credit: Richard Martin

Singer Donald D’Haene and Tyrone Traher of Paris Monroe, team up to encourage donations for the London Food Bank.

T’is the season of giving, and with that comes the notions of compassion and consideration. For local singer, Donald D’Haene and Tyrone Traher of London pop duo, Paris Monroe, those notions are in full swing.

The two have teamed up to encourage folks in the community to donate to the London Food Bank. Given the current economic state and all those affected, the need for these organizations have catapulted in demand.

When asked how the collaboration was formed, D’Haene noted, “We’ve (Tyrone Traher of Paris Monroe) been neighbours for 16 years. It seemed inevitable that we would do something musical together so, a month ago, I asked him.”

Donald D’Haene (left) and Tyrone Traher (right)
Credit: Tyrone Traher Sr.

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
– Maya Angelou

D’Haene and Traher landed on the idea of covering London-born megastar, Justin Bieber’s, “Mistletoe”, accompanied with a video. They wish to do more than simply cover a song for the holidays, they also want to make a difference in the community. In conjunction with the video, the pair are helping the London Food Bank to spread the word.

“My younger brother died of a drug overdose last year,” revealed D’Haene. “He had experienced a tragic life which included homelessness, living on the street and staying in men’s hostels.”

The issue hits close to home for the local singer. As such, he and Traher wanted to raise awareness and donations for local charities that help those in need. As things are, many are left wondering where their next meal might come from.

Family and friends were invited to the video shoot. From the food used during the video shoot, that which was not eaten was donated to London Food Bank and Mission Services.

Quoting poet Maya Angelou, D’Haene leaves us with this: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

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