The Lake Country Big Band will play another African Hearts Concert at the Creekside Theatre on Saturday, June 11.
Under the direction of Mary Atherton, the band will also be joined by some musical guests.
The African Hearts Community Organization is a non-governmental organization in Uganda that helps marginalized and vulnerable children off the street and give them a bright future.
His organization, the African Hearts Community Organization, has built a school for the children where they receive education and protection.
What makes his charity different is that the children participating in the program are also taught music.
The directors of the Lake Country Big Band, Ed and Mary Atherton, have developed a strong bond with the African Hearts organization, having already donated many musical instruments and expensive sheet music to the children.
The children benefit from this musical education greatly not only because it increases their creative faculties, but also because they are able to earn for themselves an income through their performances.
They have lots of fun playing regardless, but the fact that they are able to sustain themselves financially is an important life skill for them to learn.
Last year, the concert raised money for the community organization’s band in Kampala, Uganda, to enable them to buy a cow for milking which would give them an income.
This year, the aim is to fill the Kampala school with school supplies purchased from the concert fundraising efforts.
Ed Atherton has composed a special song just for these fundraising concerts, titled African Hearts.
The band members are joined together by a love of performing for the community and a love of all kinds of jazz style music, from driving rock to the soulful blues and every style in between.
Come and join us as we kick the summer into a high gear for a good cause with an evening of great music and lots of fun hosted by TV reporter Kent Molgat.
The concert takes place at Creekside Theatre, which is attached to George Elliot Secondary School in the Winfield.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $10, students $5, and families $25.
For more information, call Ryan Stratychuk at 250-212-3001 or Creekside Theatre at 250-766-5669.