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AN AFRICAN DREAM (article first published : 2006-05-15)

In 2005, the Kearsney College Choir represented South Africa in the final rounds of the 2004 Olympics in Bremen, Germany, where some 360 choirs from around the world participated before an audience of 40,000.

Of all the choirs that entered the Scenic Folklore Category, the Kearsney College Choir was awarded a Gold Medal and crowned the Olympic Champions.

The Choir now wishes to defend its title at the next World Choir Olympics taking place in Xiamen, China, from July 15 to 25 and is currently on a fund-raising drive to allow them to represent South Africa at what is expected to be a mega-event. Supported by the highest authorities of the country and with official approval of the Cultural Ministry, the event organisers are expecting more than 400 choirs with about 20,000 singers from all parts of the world.

“We have represented South Africa on the world stage and gained top honours, offering the boys an incredible, uplifting experience,” says Sue of Marshall, who is representing the choir. “Unfortunately, there are members of the choir who cannot afford to join their fellow members and ultimately will lose out. This is a rare opportunity to give our boys a chance to represent their country and to grow as ambassadors and future leaders.”

The target is R1.5 million which will sponsor 50 children. Any donation will be greatly appreciated! More information from Sue of Marshall Inc on 031 563 2942 or 083 779 5458.




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