Mission’s Faber Drive played a private charity concert Friday night to raise funds for an orphanage in Thailand. Band members Dave Faber

A driving force

Local band Faber Drive raises $5,000 for orphanage in Thailand

Dave Faber and his band Faber Drive might have touched the hearts of his family and friends last week at a private concert, but his music affected the souls of nearly 30 children at an orphanage in Thailand.

“It was mostly my wife’s idea,” said Faber, who held the concert at a family home in rural Mission. “She’s the one who organized and set up the whole thing. I helped out as best I could.”

As Faber Drive rocked the benefit concert, their 200 supporters opened up their wallets and the group raised more than $5,000 for the Baan Burk Faa Orphanage.

“It was for a good cause,” said Faber, who used the opportunity to teach his three children, Isaiah, Faith, and Patience about helping other people in need.

His children also took the stage, performing in a band called Dutch Blitz, and 14-year-old Izzi belted out his first single, I’m A Geek, which was recently released and available on iTunes.

Faber and Izzi also shared a song they wrote together called Chocolate Milk.

This is the second benefit concert hosted by Faber Drive. The first took place two years ago to help purchase a water well in Africa. Faber learned about the orphanage through a friend, and members from the church to which they belong also spoke about going to Thailand to help.

The orphanage is run by a woman and her husband and your heart breaks to hear about something like that, said Faber.

While it was rare to play to an audience which he knew personally, Faber said the experience was similar to other live concerts at larger venues.

“It’s nice to play to family and friends, but it feels the same because we try to it make it a personal show,” Faber explained. “We like to interact with the audience.”

Faber told The Record his wife, Ricarda, has plans to organize a similar concert in another two years, but isn’t sure if it would get any larger or if it would be open to his other fans.

Faber Drive fans who want to see the band live might not have to wait too long. The band recently released Too Little Too Late, featuring Simple Plan’s Pierre Bouvier, from their newest album Lost in Paradise and will be shooting a video soon.

Faber says the band wants to go to Asia this fall following a record deal with 13 countries, but will be planning local concerts soon after.

Faber Drive’s latest work is available on iTunes. For more information about the band, visit faberdrive.com.

Just Posted

‘Compassion club’ operator loses bid to have pot-trafficking charges thrown out

Bob Woolsey of Mission argues that laws were not valid at the time of alleged offences

Location eyed for possible collector well

New estimate puts price tag of new water source at $81 million

Police investigate sexual assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Incident occurred Wednesday night along Oriole Crescent

Bad behaviour to lead to expulsion at Abbotsford council

New rules lay out how a member can be booted from a meeting

More extreme weather beds needed in Mission

Council allocates another $5,000 to help keep people safe, warm and dry

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Police arrest pair after ‘high-risk vehicle takedown’

Vancouver police say replica handgun found in alleged suspects’ vehicle

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

E-cig likely the cause of townhouse fire

Smoke and fire damage but no one was hurt in Chilliwack

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

Most Read