Jodi Faith performs at Angus Campbell fundraiser
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Country gospel musician Jodi Faith performed twice at Victory Church on Saturday in order to raise funds for the Angus Campbell Centre.
Country gospel musician Jodi Faith performed two fundraising shows for Angus Campbell Centre at Victory Church Saturday afternoon.
“Some of us have overcome a crazy amount of stuff... some of us know people who are struggling with different issues,” said Faith during her performance. “To hear the good stories that we can tell — we call them testimonies — good stories of overcoming, is great for us.”
Faith, who is a recovering addict and victim of abuse, emphasized the importance of hope in recovery.
“We need to be encouraged by the hope that people have found and the hope they have to extend,” she said.
Faith’s show combined spoken elements, testimonials from addicts in recovery, and song to provide the audience with an inspirational message and to raise funds for the Centre.
She initially became involved in the effort to raise funds for Angus Campbell Centre when she was looking for local guests for a television show she has been working on, she said.
The Angus Campbell Centre had its funding withdrawn by the Five Hills Health Region earlier this year.
“We are struggling to keep Angus Campbell Centre open,” said Ron Hardy, a spokesperson for the Centre. “It’s always been a struggle. It was a struggle to get it started. It was done through community funds, community support, and we were in a long relationship with the government... we’ve lost that funding.”
After funding was withdrawn, Hardy said, the Centre was able to incorporate new methods into its programs that encouraged recovery and long-term treatment over the short detox stays that were common beforehand.
“I’m really excited about the fact they’ve moved into a recovery mode,” said Faith. “I will say to you that I wouldn’t be here today except that I became part of a process of recovery that is still going on every day.”
“It’s one thing to get cleaned up, it’s another to discover that you have a new purpose in life,” she said. “That you have the skills to stay clean and sober, to make more positive choices.”