Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mountain Aid -- The Concert

June 19-20 in Chatham County, North Carolina

"Mountain Aid" will raise funds for the Pennies of Promise campaign to build a new school for the children of Marsh Fork Elementary. Located in Raleigh County, West Virginia, the school is threatened daily by a 2.8 billion gallon coal sludge impoundment in the hills above them. [In the video on the page, the sludge pond is described as being held back by a dam just 350 feet from the school; the pond contains toxic sludge which includes dangerous levels of lead and mercury, for starters.]

According to West Virginia state officials, however, a new school is a fiscal impossibility. "Mountain Aid" will help Ed Wiley and the Pennies of Promise campaign raise the money for a new school themselves. The goal is eight million dollars. Help us help the children of Marsh Fork Elementary by enjoying this world class music event in the beautiful hills of North Carolina.

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