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African children's choir wow shoppers
AN AFRICAN children’s choir wowed crowds in the North-East this weekend.
A busking session from the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir brought shoppers to a standstill in a Darlington supermarket yesterday (Saturday September 28).
Colourful costumes and lively dancing entertained onlookers as the choir performed at the Sainsbury's store on Victoria Road.
The choir is in the region as part of a three-month long UK tour which will see them perform and host workshops at a number of schools and venues.
The tour has been organised to support the work of the Molly and Paul Child Care Foundation, a UK registered charity set up to care for destitute and orphaned children in Uganda.
The 17 young members of the choir – aged between 11 and 17 – were selected from pupils who attend the charity’s seven schools.
Whilst in the UK, the choir will stay with a number of host families and will participate in cultural exchanges in the hope of raising awareness of life in Uganda.
Jane Connor, who is helping to organise the North-East part of the tour, said: “They see themselves as working to help fund schools for their friends and peers at home.
“But it’s not just about money, they want people to know about them and cultural exchange is important.
“Organising the tour takes a lot of time but it is worth it. You see the children and you realise why you have done all the hard work.
“The children are so resilient and they cope so well going from family to family.”
The choir is set to perform at various venues in the region over the coming weeks. For a full last of dates, visit pearlofafrica.org.uk/choir-2013/
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