Choir tour to help Ugandan children

AN INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed children’s choir will be entertaining audiences across south east Northumberland to raise funds for thousands of orphaned and destitute children in Africa.

The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir is touring the county this month in aid the Molly and Paul Child Care Foundation, which aims to give young people in Uganda a safe place to live and the chance of an education.

The singers, dancers and drummers are some of the two million orphans in Uganda as a result of HIV, disease and war.

They are currently being cared for in schools run by the foundation, which provides free or subsidised education to over 2,200 children in seven schools in the Kampala and Masaka districts.

During their tour, the choir will also be visiting schools in Morpeth, Ashington and Ponteland to hold music workshops.

The tour, which is organised by UK-based charity Pearl of Africa Child Care, is the main fundraising method used to raise the £325,000 it costs to keep the schools open every year.

Kim Black, trustee for Pearl of Africa Child Care, said: “It costs just £15 a month to care for one child at a school.

“We really hope that people will come out and show their support for the charity by coming along to see the fantastic show the choir will be putting on.”

The choir’s first performance is taking place at Morpeth Market Place on Saturday, from 1pm until 3pm.

Entrance is free but a donation would be appreciated.

To make a donation visit www.pearlofafrica.org.uk or donate £5 by texting Care38 £5 to 70070.

To follow the tour, visit www.facebook.com/pearlofafrica or www.twitter.com/pearlofafrica