Toronto choir to perform in Carbonear
A concert in aid of the homeless orphaned children of Rwanda will take place at the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre in Carbonear Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. It will feature the Toronto Cantata Chorus in a presentation of gospel and folk music.
The event has been in the works since earlier this year, when choir officials contacted local supporters of the Christian charity, Shelter Them.
A twin of Rwandan sisters who now make Ontario their home — Jocelyne Butoyi Alexandre and Josephine Burkuru-Murphy — founded the organization in 2006.
“Our mission is to take the lost children of Rwanda from the streets and given them hope,” Butoyi Alexandre said in the May 3 edition ofThe Compass.
David and Sherry Jenkins of Western Bay were moved by the girls’ inspiring story in 2008 and decided to host annual fundraisers on behalf of Shelter Them.
They were pleasantly surprised to be contacted by the Toronto choir in February.
“ They asked us if they could do a benefit concert for our organization,” David recently toldThe Compass. They also offered to “cover all their own expenses!” he added.
Aileen Lee, one of the choir’s founders, said, “Our mission ... is to bring together a multicultural and musically minded group of professionals.”
That includes giving three concerts yearly, one being a “ benefit concert to a charity of our choice,” she added.
The choir has travelled as far afield as Asia to fundraise for the underprivileged. “Everyone (in the choir) is happy to do so,” she said.
Shelter Them naturally fit into the choir’s mandate. “ Going to Newfoundland to fundraise for (Shelter Them) is just an extension of who we are,” Lee said.
Two of the choir members, siblings Jason and Catherine Locke, are Newfoundlanders. Their mother, Margaret Locke (nee Martin), is from Grates Cove, where their grandparents, Roy and Milla Martin, still reside. Margaret is a Salvation Army officer who served for many years in the province but is now on the mainland.
The choir’s music director and conductor, Tak-Ng Lai, is a well-known musician who has contributed much to Toronto’s musical life.
Tickets for the benefit concert in Carbonear cost $12 and are available from Wayne Burke at 596-0957 or David Jenkins at 5982302, and also can be bought at Tricon Pharmacy in Old Perlican and the Prescription Centre in Western Bay. Further information about Shelter Them is available at www.shelterthem.com.
“ We are eagerly awaiting to participate in the wonderful work you are doing there,” Lee said.
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The Toronto Cantata Chorus will be holding a benefit concert in aid of the homeless orphaned children of Rwanda at the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre in Carbonear June 30 at 7:30 p.m.