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Catholic Vancouver Apr 21, 2015

Concert to benefit unborn

By Agnieszka Krawczynski

VANCOUVER—The head of a pop punk band that has toured with the likes of Nickelback and Simple Plan is about to play his first set for the unborn.

Dave Faber of Faber Drive will be the main act at a benefit concert for the crisis pregnancy centre Hope for Women April 24.

"I've always been pro-life," he said. Faber and his wife, who live in Mission, have four of their own children and recently adopted a son.

"I'm definitely vocal about my stance if it comes up," he said. "I get a lot of flak about it."

Faber has been involved with Advokate, the pro-life group behind Hope for Women, for years. He's also participated in the March for Life, and in prayer chains, and he often shares pro-life news articles on his Facebook page.

"I don't know if the guys in the band have the same views as I do." That's why he's elected to sing with his daughter. Another band, Langley-based duo A Guy and a Girl, will also perform.

Elizabeth Sutcliffe, the director of client care at Hope for Women, said this is the first fundraiser that will directly support the Abbotsford centre since it opened in September 2013.

The objective of the concert "really is to be able to run our pregnancy centre. We have a lot of moms who need not just formula and diapers, but cribs and car seats and things."

The services provided by Hope for Women, including pregnancy tests, options counselling, post-abortion counselling, and support at birth, are all free.

"What we would love to see happen is to one day have an ultrasound machine so that women could really identify with their baby," Sutcliffe said, adding that the funds they raise are not earmarked for that purpose.

The concert will be held at Heritage Alliance Church in Abbotsford April 24 at 7:30. Tickets will cost $15 or $18 at the door.