Portlanders doing good
by: Courtesy of Walk for Water 
Kids at Temeke Primary School in Tanzania drink fresh water from the well installed last year. 

Thousands of indie music fans at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, this week will be part of the launch of a new healing music station for cancer-stricken children.

The Children's Cancer Association, a Portland nonprofit that serves Oregon and Southwest Washington children, will launch its digital music 'medicine' program called MyMusicRx.

Music fans can visit, where through an affiliate partnership with iTunes, up to 5 percent of all purchases are donated back to the cancer association.

The site offers access to all of iTunes music offerings, and in the future, the cancer association hopes to offer exclusive songs from artists that can only be downloaded through MyMusicRX.

Money raised through MyMusicRX goes directly to the Children's Cancer Association to the support programming and deliver music medicine worldwide.

For more information, visit

It's time again for the St. Francis Social Ministries family-friendly dinner fundraiser, which happens the third Saturday of every month.

This month in honor of St. Patrick's day, guests will be treated to Irish music by Brendan Fitzgerald and a traditional Irish meal by dining hall chef James Doose.

The St. Francis dining hall relies on community support be able to provide 150 to 250 meals six days per week to the needy. They also provide a day shelter, showers, medical clinics, and mail services for those without homes.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the St. Francis dining hall, 1182 S.E. Pine St. The cost of the meal is a sliding scale from $8 to $15, and $3 for children.

For more information, call 503-234-2028.

A thousand Portlanders will walk for cleaner water on World Water Day, March 22.

The third-annual Walk for Water has participants gathering to walk a three-mile course (the average distance traveled in sub-Saharan Africa to obtain water) alongside the Willamette River.

Sponsored by Portland Roasting Coffee Co., and with help from Portland State University's Capstone course on Marketing Nonprofit Organizations, the event will raise funds to benefit U.S. AID, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that builds wells for families in sub-Saharan Africa.

The $20 registration fees, plus sponsors' donations, will go toward the goal of raising $14,000 needed to build a water pump in Kenya or Malawi.

For more information, visit

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