The System of a Down rock group is helping the children and elderly in need in Vanadzor, the third largest city in Armenia with a high unemployment and poverty rate. The band members concurred to give part of the proceeds of SOAD T-shirts to Orran, a charity providing assistance to those who have found themselves in destitute living conditions. One of the T-shirts designs is a painting by SerjTankian the lead vocalist. They were printed in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
The group garnered nearly $4500 for Orran. “We are very fortunate to have the support of SOAD. Serj and Angela Tankian encouraged us to establish the soup kitchen in Vanadzor with a personal contribution two years ago. I am glad that other members of the band are now assisting us as well. It is truly admirable what the group has done all over the world in raising awareness for the Genocide and for helping those in need in our homeland” states Armine K. Hovannisian who with her husband Raffi K. Hovannisian founded Orran in the year 2000.
Serj Tankian has also donated his guitar which he played during his “Wake up the Souls” tour and at the Yerevan April 24 show to Orran. The guitar will be auctioned off at Orran’s annual fund raising banquet in Los Angeles on November 8.