Sylvia’s Wa­ter­shed moment


Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A SAL­VA­TION Army fundraiser has handed over £10,000 af­ter or­gan­is­ing a series of con­certs and events

Sylvia Evans, 86, a re­tired Song­ster, raised the cash in aid of the char­ity’s Wa­ter­shed Ap­peal.

The last event was been held at Hilling­don Corps where it cul­mi­nated in a cheque for £10,000 be­ing pre­sented to Ma­jor Isaac Si­undu of the Sal­va­tion Army South­ern Ter­ri­tory in Africa.

Sil­via was in­spired to get fundrais­ing af­ter hear­ing of the Army’s ef­forts in Africa where work is be­ing done to in­stall piped and clean run­ning wa­ter for com­mu­ni­ties who still have to walk long dis­tances to col­lect it. Sil­via had been moved and dis­turbed by the sto­ries she heard and felt that she had to do some­thing per­son­ally to con­trib­ute to the Ap­peal.

The fi­nal event held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14 was a con­cert pre­sented by Andrew and Sue Blyth with a group of singers and in­stru­men­tal- ists from var­i­ous SA Corps and the Sal­va­tion Army’s Cre­ative Arts Depart­ment.

Andrew Blyth, head of mu­sic ed­i­to­rial of the Sal­va­tion Army UK, com­pèred the pro­gramme and con­ducted the singing of the en­sem­ble.

At the be­gin­ning he made it clear that it would be a rel­a­tively light­hearted evening.

There was sig­nif­i­cant laugh­ter when it be­came known that he had at­tended Hilling­don Corps as a young child and it was hinted that he had a mis­chievous ten­dency and was not al­ways a model of good be­hav­iour!

The pro­gramme in­cluded the singing of On the Rock by the full en­sem­ble and The Army Drum by the male voice quar­tet. There was a Cor­net Trio,

The Happy War­riors was played by three mem­bers of the Mu­sic Ed­i­to­rial Depart­ment.

Sue Blythe’s ver­sa­til­ity in her sequence of songs, some with a “big band” back­ing cap­ti­vated ev­ery­one. The song, “Love Can­not Fail” from a Gowans & Lars­son mu­si­cal had a strong spir­i­tual mes­sage that was clearly felt and ap­pre­ci­ated by those at­tend­ing.

It was some­thing of a coup for Sil­via Evans to get so many well-known guests to Hilling­don and her rais­ing of £10,000 to­wards the SA Wa­ter­shed Cam­paign is a great per­sonal achieve­ment.

The Sal­va­tion Army re­ports that there are still 663 mil­lion peo­ple go­ing with­out clean wa­ter – 1 in ev­ery 10 peo­ple on the planet who still don’t have ac­cess to this ba­sic, yet vi­tal re­source. Ac­cess to wa­ter is vi­tal in the fight to end ex­treme poverty. It im­proves health, hy­giene, ed­u­ca­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

It in­creases crop yields, re­duces in­fec­tions and gives chil­dren more time to spend in school. In fact, for ev­ery £1 in­vested in wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion in a com­mu­nity, £8 is re­turned in in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity.

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