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CHILDREN’S CHOIR NEEDS SUPPORT (article first published : 2006-04-25)

Gina Christodoulou (13) is a member of the Pietermaritzburg Children's Choir which is planning a tour of Europe in July 2006.

“Our aim is to promote cross cultural contact between the KZN Midlands and Europe through choir performances and personal contact, as well as enrich the choristers' lives through this experience,” she says. “The choir is made up of pupils aged between 9 and 16 from many schools in the Pietermaritzburg area. Although our choir at the moment has 72 members, we are only allowed to take 48 overseas because of financial constraints. If enough sponsors can be found, a bigger choir could be sent.

“There are some really underprivileged guys and girls who are in the choir and have just managed to scrape through the bottom to pay for the tour, but all the payment that we have made is only for our trip, we haven’t even STARTED on the uniform!”

Help is required in the way of sponsorship for the PMBCC in terms of shirts or shoes.

“Our idea, if they are shirts (‘cause our choir leader says we have to all wear the same thing otherwise she will lose us),” says the entrepreneurial Gina, “is that we have red shirts made that say on the back, PMBCC EURO TRIP 06 (in black) with the name of the sponsor.”. Black and red are the colours of the PMCC.

The choir is due to leave on July 1. If you can help or need further information contact Gina Christodoulou on 073 529 7998 or contact her parents on 033 343 1269 or e-mail: 06gchristodoulou@stannes.co.za




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