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NEWS: Around the Arctic June 13, 2012 - 6:45 am

Singer Susan Aglukark donates song proceeds to suicide prevention org

All sales proceeds from Take a Little Less to benefit the Collateral Damage Project

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Inuk singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark is donating the money generated from the sales of <i>Take a Little Less</i>  to a suicide prevention organization. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE PROJECT)
Inuk singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark is donating the money generated from the sales of Take a Little Less to a suicide prevention organization. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE PROJECT)

Known for weaving messages of hope into her songs, Inuk singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark says all sales proceeds from her single Take a Little Less will be donated to the Collateral Damage Project, a national non-profit organization that works to prevent suicide.

“Susan’s generosity and unwavering dedication to suicide prevention is truly humbling,” Scott Chisholm, founder of the Collateral Damage Project, said in a June 12 news release. “For the past year, Susan has worked tirelessly as one of the project’s advisory board members by taking the stage at fundraising concerts, encouraging global influencers to join our cause and targeting federal-level leaders to recognize suicide as a public issue and, ultimately, save lives.”

Chisholm’s original plan for the Collateral Damage Project, a coffee table-style book depicting stories and photos of those left behind by a loved one’s suicide, was developed in 2009, 27 years after he lost his father to suicide.

Today, the project has grown to include a touring exhibition, annual fundraising events, and local, national and international speaking appearances by Chisholm and his advisory board members, like Aglukark, a three-time Juno award winner and a recipient of both the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

“Every dollar donated from the sale of Take a Little Less will go towards Scott’s vision of taking this project right across our country, stopping in each province and territory and sharing our collective message of hope,” Aglukark said. “Music has been a way for me to give a voice to the silent struggles of my people and to create hope for a better tomorrow.”

According to statistics from Health Canada, suicide rates for Inuit youth remain the highest in the world, at nearly 11 times the national average.

Produced in 2006 off Aglukark’s Blood Red Earth album, Take a Little Less may be downloaded from the iTunes store for $.99.

For more information about the Collateral Damage Project or to get involved, visit its website , call 1-888-835-9041, send a tweet (@SuicideTalk) or click “like” on its Facebook page (Collateral Damage: Images of Those Left Behind by Suicide).

To learn more about Aglukark, visit her website.

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