Food for the Hungry charity to benefit from UWE Gospel Choir and Big Band performance

Issue date: 22 November 2012


Local children in Puerto Camacho, Bolivia

Monday 26 November, 19:30 at UWE Glenside Campus, 1H1D

Music lovers will be treated to a sell-out performance from UWE Bristol's talented Gospel Choir and Big Band in aid of Food for the Hungry on Monday 26 November at 19:30 at UWE Glenside Campus.

Funds raised on the night will go to an inspirational project 'Discovering our Dreams' based in El Alto, Bolivia where on average people live on 40p per day. The project aims to equip this impoverished community with the confidence and skills to break out of the poverty cycle and to support themselves.

UWE Marketing graduate, Caroline Burns, set up the project with Food for the Hungry, she says, “I had spent part of my gap year working on a project in the north of Bolivia and after graduating from UWE in 2003 I was motivated to use my new skills to try to help others in poverty.

“I was in Bolivia for over five years until May this year and continue fundraising from the UK whilst my Bolivian colleagues run the project. I'm really thankful to UWE's Centre for Performing Arts for putting on this concert in aid of this project. The funds raised can really help to take this successful project forward.

“Since the project began in 2009, I have seen a huge difference in the 100 children who live in the community. They benefit from gaining self-belief and confidence, learning to read and write, discovering they have hidden natural abilities and developing them, learning health and hygiene habits which prevent disease which can sometimes be fatal due to their poor immune systems, and receiving small meals four times a week to improve health and learn about nutrition and varied diet without creating dependency. All of this is helping the children reach their full potential (intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual) which was lying dormant before. We believe it will change the course of their future from bleak to bright.”

The concert will be a family affair as Caroline's mother, Margaret Burns a student advisor at the University, is a member of the Gospel Choir.

Tickets for this event have now sold out; see theCentre for Performing Arts website for future events.

To find out more about 'Discovering our Dreams' visit: http://www.uk.fhi.net/bolivia/

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