The Sal­va­tion Army Presents ‘An Evening of Sax & Strings

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Sal­va­tion Army, a faith-based in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion, has been es­tab­lished in Saint Lu­cia since 1902. For the past one hun­dred and fif­teen years the or­gan­i­sa­tion has been com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the un­der­priv­i­leged. It is best known for the Ket­tle Pro­gramme at Christ­mas­time when the money that is col­lected goes to­ward pro­vid­ing food ham­pers for many in­clud­ing fam­i­lies, street per­sons, and in­sti­tu­tions such as The Cri­sis Cen­tre, The ExSer­vice­mens League, and many com­mu­ni­ties is­land­wide through the Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment. In De­cem­ber 2016 over 800 food ham­pers were dis­trib­uted.

The Day Care and Kinder­garten at the Sal­va­tion Army head­quar­ters in High Street, Cas­tries pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion and care for young chil­dren. The daily meals-on­wheels pro­gramme, which pro­vides a meal for 60–70 per­sons, has seen a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in num­bers re­cently.

In ad­di­tion to gen­er­at­ing a mod­est in­come to help off­set ad­min­is­tra­tive costs, the thrift store which the Sal­va­tion Army op­er­ates, with do­na­tions of cloth­ing and house­hold items from mem­bers of the public and var­i­ous pri­vate sec­tor busi­nesses, also pro­vides cloth­ing for the home­less and fire vic­tims. Over the years, when­ever dis­as­ter has af­fected the coun­try, the Sal­va­tion Army has been present to pro­vide as­sis­tance to those in need.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is ex­tremely grate­ful to have a small num­ber of deed-of­covenant part­ners among the cor­po­rate and in­di­vid­ual cit­i­zens of Saint Lu­cia but al­ways wel­comes ad­di­tional fund­ing for the var­i­ous pro­grammes that it man­ages and en­cour­ages more com­pa­nies and per­sons to en­ter into sim­i­lar tax-de­ductible ar­range­ments.

‘An Evening of Sax & Strings’, which is a ma­jor fundraiser for the Sal­va­tion Army, will take place on Sun­day, Au­gust 6, 2017 at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre at 6pm. This an­nual sig­na­ture event is in its third year with the first, ‘An Evening of Sax’, in 2014; ‘An Evening of Sax & Song’ in 2016 and now ‘An Evening of Sax & Strings’ in 2017. The en­ter­tain­ment will in­clude some of Saint Lu­cia’s finest artists per­form­ing in var­i­ous gen­res of mu­sic. Th­ese in­clude Is­man Lovence, Carl Gus­tave, the Na­tional String Or­ches­tra, Ethan Fletcher and Yan­nick James, John An­toine, Man­may La Kay and Ron­ald ‘Boo’ Hink­son.

Tick­ets cost $60 in ad­vance and $75 at the door and can be ob­tained from Steve’s Bar­ber Shop, The Cell (Rod­ney Bay and Jeremie St.), Matthew’s Restau­rant in Rod­ney Bay and the Sal­va­tion Army Head­quar­ters in High Street, Cas­tries.

The public is asked to come out and en­joy a fab­u­lous evening of in­cred­i­ble mu­sic whilst sup­port­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian pro­grammes of the Sal­va­tion Army.

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