It’s Time to Pay it Forward

In the summer and fall of 2013,  Justin Hines and Ash & Bloom embarked on “The Vehicle of Change Tour” across North America where 100% of the proceeds were donated to over 70 different charities.   Just before the tour, a wheelchair accessible RV was kindly donated under the condition that Justin and his team would “Pay It Forward” to another deserving cause. The RV travelled over 20,000 km and represented the spirit of this meaningful adventure.   Have a look a couple videos from the tour with the RV:   www.youtube.com/embed/WukC1-zVjJM www.youtube.com/embed/5QnS5wNzD7c   The time has come to donate the “Vehicle of Change” to its new home.   It will need to be towed and has a few issues that will need to be addressed before getting it back on the road but will definitely be worth the loving attention it requires. The RV itself is is 14 feet long and has a electric lift to the inside suitable for most wheelchairs which is uncommon for this method of travel. It is currently being stored outside Barrie, Ontario and can be picked up immediately.   We’d love to hear why you think you could give the “VOC” a good home so please feel free to respond to this ad with your story. Email alanna@aepnetwork.com or give us a call at 416-504-8084 ext 233 The Agency for Extraordinary...

Thank You for Changing the World

Dear friends, We’ve made memories and connections that will last us a lifetime. We’ve witnessed firsthand how alive and well the spirit of community really is. We’ve been through peaks and valleys on a journey that continually brought us to meaningful places full of generous people. After over 3 months and 20,000 KM, the “Vehicle of Change” is officially parked (for now) and I thank YOU for making this life changing experience happen. Someone along the road said to us that it seems the currency of the tour was not “money” but rather “giving”, meaning people offered whatever they could to keep things rolling. Whether it be the folks in Outlook, Saskatchewan who offered us their motel to lay our heads, the church manager in Toronto who postponed his vacation so he could donate his much needed services to the venue, or Stewart and Lily-Jean who got the “pay it forward” spirit started by donating our ride for the tour, everyone’s contributions meant the world to so many people across the continent. Of course there are the 70+ charities themselves who should be recognized for continually providing support for very deserving people. I’m telling you folks, don’t buy into the mindset of thinking that the world is falling apart and we have nothing to strive for. Yes, things are constantly changing. We have fear, obstacles and horrible occurrences. We also live in uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring. We do, however, have tons of good left in us to combat the things that challenge us with the biggest weapon being love. We’ve seen what love can do and seeing how it can breed things like understanding, generosity and ultimately change. This tour wasn’t about us musicians playing shows in random locations. Music was just our way of contributing. In fact, it wasn’t about anybody as individuals. It was a collective attempt to shine a spotlight on a concept that deserves its time to shine, goodness. It’s comforting to know that concept lives in the souls of many. Be well everybody and we’ll see you in the next chapter… Love,...