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Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | Lifestyles | February 2nd, 2009

Donovan Luke McMurphy has never been more eager to make a difference.

At just 18-years-old, the first-year Pharmacy Tech student at Fanshawe College, only recently started an-online Facebook group he calls “Music Four Peace.”

The group, which initially began on the night of December 14, according to McMurphy, was the beginning of something worthwhile.

“The idea of Music Four Peace kind of hit me one day as I was listening to music, and looking at some Skate 4 Cancer t-shirts online. I thought to myself, ‘Everyone loves music to some degree or another, so why can't music become a common tool for everyone?' and then I thought, if something like Skate 4 Cancer can have such a massive following and support group for a common past-time-turned idea (skateboarding for cancer support), why can't music have a following just like that?” explained McMurphy.

According to McMurphy, this is a time of conflict in our world, with everything in the Middle East, and the increased tension in Gaza. So why not take the idea of music uniting everyone to form a common goal, unite the Earth's population and set out together to make a difference?

Music Four Peace aims to take that idea to the next level. The group on Facebook is a place for people to gather and show support. Music Four Peace shows that around the world all cultures can relate to music.

“I have always been eager to try and make a difference, so when this idea hit me, I thought, ‘I have to do something,' and the group was formed... I'm hoping the outcome would be a following big enough to start setting up local concerts and shows and the money raised would go to economical resolution agencies, agencies geared toward peace resolutions, and even countries that just need some help in general,” McMurphy said.

Facebook is a social networking website which allows its users the freedom to stay connected with the people and things that matter the most in their lives.

Groups are created on a continual basis and exude different attributes as to why people start them.

“There is nothing but benefit to come from a group like this. Even if the group doesn't become a massive success, all the members will still be showing their support,” said McMurphy. “It's an open group, so anyone can join and say anything.”

The Fanshawe college population is quite large and with almost everyone logged on to Facebook, McMurphy noted that at present the group is still really small. Currently there are around 150 members, and he hopes to inspire fellow peers at the school to at least take a gander and see if it would potentially be something of interest to them.

“With each new person comes new ideas, and also, the bigger the group, the better the outcome,” explained McMurphy. “So any help from any student here at Fanshawe would be greatly appreciated, and may benefit the group completely in the long run.”

For information on creating your own group on Facebook group, you simply have to be a member of the social networking site and be logged on.
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