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Taming the Black Dog gig
Added: 10th Nov 2017

Rock band Cairo Son held a gig for SANE and raised a great £1400!

Cairo Son, Magdy, Ed and Enrico, came to SANE a few months ago and told us about their idea of organising a rock gig. They wanted the night to raise awareness on suicide, in memory of their close friend who sadly took their own life. The band named the event Taming the Black Dog and after weeks of fundraising and hard-work, they pulled off a spectacular night.

The gig took place on 18th October at Nambucca, in Islington. Friends, family, locals, SANE volunteers and the Commander in Chief of the Black Dog all came along and enjoyed the line-up of music and raffle/auction.

Bands like Jawbone, London Blusion, Voodoo Six and Romances played throughout the evening, all in aid of SANE. We were very lucky to have such talented musicians perform and they all showed how generous they were giving up their time to support Magdy and our charity.

People gave generously throughout the night and the raffle nearly wiped out all the ticket books! The prizes were a YAMAHA amp; a YAMAHA electric guitar; a spa experience; a Slim Jim’s Liquor Store voucher; and a goodie-bag of all the bands’ CD’s and merchandise. The winners were very happy indeed.

The auction prize was an amazing Harley Davidson experience, where the highest bidder paid a wonderful £120 – thank you!

Nambucca was bursting with energy, song and laughter all night long!

Magdy says:

‘Thank you to all of you for what turned out to truly be a successful evening...more than I hoped for! I thank each and everyone of you who bought a ticket and came along to support the cause, raising awareness for mental health and suicide!’

And we wanted to say a huge thank you to Magdy and Cairo Son, and to everyone else who supported and took part, in making this gig a rockin’ success!

Look out for Cairo Son's photos on SANE’s Twitter and Instagram.

If you have been inspired by Cairo Son's story and would like to fundraise for better mental health, we'd love to hear from you! From fun run to marathon, quiz to karaoke, there's an idea to suit everyone. Email or call 0203 805 1790. 

You can listen to Cairo Son's track My Brain on our Audio Gallery. If you would like your music to appear here, email an mp3 file to

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