Minuit stars leave behind stage for Samoan village charity
LONDON’S BRIGHT musical lights are far from Samoan villages, where Minuit band members Ruth Carr and Paul Dodge will spend the next four months.
The couple will be in Samoa volunteering for the Samoan Victims Support Group showing there is more to the couple than their music.
The Minuit members have mixed their music playing all over the world – including making an album in London – with charity work.
“I think it’s a really cool job,” Mr Dodge said.
“Even though we’ve done music we’ve also done lots of this kind of work in the past.”.
Both have previously worked for the United Nations.
“Ruth was working as a social worker (in Kosovo) and then we went from there to East Timor when they had an election,” Mr Dodge said.
The goal of the next trip is to help the Samoan group find a cheaper way of operating because they are completely funded by donations.
“Samoa doesn’t have like a CYF (Child, youth and Family). They‘re not a government supported thing. These are just set up by a group of people who realised they needed to be there.”
While both Ruth and Paul have done charity work overseas in the past, this time they will have more work on their hands with their son Theo, who is 20 months, joining them for the first time.
“I think it’s quite an incredible experience for our family to be able to do.”
Paul predicts some challenges having their son with them but is looking forward to the experience.
“In the end I think it’ll be like one of us working at a time and the other one’s looking after Theo. But I think that’s going to be really cool for us.”
Ruth, who is the lead singer of Minuit, has Samoan blood on her father’s side, but this will be her first time to the country.
Flights for the trip were paid for by SpinningTop, a non-profit organisation with a focus on giving balance to the lives of vulnerable children.
However, the family has also done fundraising to pay their way and also help the group on the crowdfunding website givealittle.co.nz.
The couple’s page Paul and Ruth volunteer in Samoa has already raised over $1700 but has a goal set at $2000 in donations.
Paul and Ruth are two parts of the band Minuit with Ryan Beehre the other member in the band.
The three have been together since 1998 producing five albums and reaching as high as number eight in the New Zealand album charts.