Cawthra Park Choirs Singing to Build Schools in Togo, Africa

‘Evening of Song’ to build schools in Togo, Africa

Like the individual notes that shape a melody, people together can create an event that resounds mightily. ‘Evening of Song’ is such an event.

First United Church (Port Credit) and St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill United Church are partnering with two award winning Cawthra Park Secondary School choirs – Les Belles Classiques and The Chamber Choir – to raise funds for SET ( Support Education Togo) to build a school in Togo, Africa. Not only have these choirs won numerous competitions, but they have performed with many professional groups including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

In 2011 Bob Barclay, a Mississauga resident and retired Scotia Bank vice-president, along with three others, founded SET, a registered Canadian charity. The group, visiting Togo for the first time, were appalled by the condition of many school buildings. Simple thatched lean-tos, these classrooms were open to weather as well as vermin living in the thatch. They returned to Canada determined to make a difference. Since then, SET has worked with local Togo communities and NGOs to construct ten durable concrete schools, with an eleventh nearing completion. SET funds may also provide furnishings, scholarships, library and school supplies, water and sanitation facilities for the schools. As SET’s Togolese partner says, “Water is life but education is the future.”

Every dollar raised through this concert will be used in the actual building of schools in Togo. Come to enjoy these talented young voices raised in an ‘Evening of Song’ that will resonate around the world. Be part of building a brighter, hopeful future.

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EVENT DATE: Sat. April 30, 2016 – 7:00p.m.

LOCATION: First United Church, 151 Lakeshore Rd. West, Mississauga, ON L5H 1G3

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