Tommy Stinson helps Haiti cause
Published 09/08/2010 | 11:53
Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson is to help children left homeless by the Haitian earthquake by holding an online auction.
As he prepares to embark on a European tour with the legendary rockers, the 43-year-old will auction personal and donated items on his website, including an autographed bass guitar and two of his signature custom-made plaid suits.
"We've got some stuff to auction off that I think will span all three bands I've been in, from Soul Asylum, Replacements, Guns N' Roses," he said.
"We're just going to try to do our best to raise some money to help in our way, help the kids the best we can."
He said the goal was to have the auction up and running before he leaves for Europe to tour with Guns N' Roses at the end of August.
After he decided to donate the proceeds of the upcoming auction to charity, a friend suggested Timkatec, a nonprofit founded in 1994 by a Roman Catholic priest to house and educate more than 500 children in the Port-au-Prince area.
"They pay for education and food and supplies for these kids who basically have no families, no life, no nothing, out on the street, as young as five, six years old," he said.
Though he'll be spending much of what remains of 2010 on the road with Guns N' Roses, Stinson suspects that his help for Haiti won't end with the upcoming auction.
"After ... spending 30 years of chasing the rock dream," he said with a laugh, "you know, there's a few more important things in life than that."