Donations sought for Windale kids in cultural exchange program.
Children from Windale aged between six and sixteen have the chance to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to perform in their choir, One Voice Mob, where Nelson Mandela made his speech following his release from prison.
Arranged for November this year, the performance is part of a cultural exchange with a South African a capella trio, The Soil, organised by Windale not-for-profit organisation, Centre for Hope.
Centre for Hope Founder and CEO Geraldine Moran said this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will only happen if they raise $100,000 to meet travel costs.
Most kids of this age would most likely never have the opportunity to travel and learn from different cultural experiences; that’s why this exchange is so important,” Ms Moran said.
We need the community’s help in showing these kids they are valued and worthy of opportunities by donating any amount of money to help pay for the trip.”
Ms Moran said the children will be involved in an intensive week-long singing masterclass with the Johannesburg group.
The exchange program will culminate with the One Voice Mob and The Soil performing at the Regina Mundi Church where Nelson Mandela stood to meet his community after he was released from prison.
The experience will provide them with cultural understanding, social skills, and another public performance opportunity – building their confidence and self-worth.”
The Soil hopes to travel to Australia and visit Lake Macquarie City in 2020.
The One Voice Mob is an initiative of Centre for Hope, which provides personal support and group programs for young, local disadvantaged people who may not be identified through other formal social services.
Donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/one-voice-mob.
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