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Virtual concert to raise funds for Sudbury homeless advocate Bob Johnston

Bob Johnston in need of new prostheses, wheelchair
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Founder of Tomorrow’s Hope, Bob Johnston recently lost his leg after fighting an infection. (Supplied) 

Whether he’s advocating for mental illness, helping those living on the streets through Tomorrow’s Hope or raising money for organ transplant recipients through Cruisin’ for Organ Donors, there is no doubt that Bob Johnston is passionate about helping others in Greater Sudbury.

Now, it is Johnston who could use a helping hand. 

Johnston recently lost his leg after an infection. An amputee prior to this latest infection, Johnston now needs two new prostheses due to recent weight loss.

Cruisin’ for Organ Donors vice president Lydia Gaudreau has set-up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for Johnston to help with any expenses that may not be covered.

The goal is to provide Johnston with prostheses, an electric wheelchair and a van so he can continue to help those less fortunate in the community.

“He’s always in good spirits,” Gaudreau told Sudbury.com. “Nothing keeps that man down.

“Bob is an advocate for those who can’t speak for themselves. Despite COVID, he’s been hands-on in the homeless community, getting resources that were needed. Sudbury is lacking without him out there right now.”

To raise awareness of the fundraiser, a virtual concert has been planned for this weekend. 

Performances by Ashley Woodruff, Rob Murphy and Rod Dunn will be livestreamed on Johnston’s Facebook page on April 3 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

“Bob is our great friend,” Ashley Woodruff and Rob said in a media statement. “We believe in him. We trust him and this is our gift to him. Please enjoy the show.”

If you would like to make a donation, the GoFundMe campaign will remain open as long as possible. E-transfers are also accepted at brendalavoie609@yahoo.ca.