Oh Happy Day!

An evening of inspiring and uplifting music is guaranteed when the highly acclaimed One Voice Community Choir sings in Preston in aid of CAFOD and Christian Aid on Wednesday 22 October at St Michael’s Church, Egerton Rd, Preston, PR2 1AJ, starting at 7.30pm

One voice

The Preston based choir, directed by Tyndale Thomas MBE, were finalists in the national Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year.  One of the judges, Carrie Grant, said of the choir: “None of you look the same, you’re all different ages, you’re all completely different.You absolutely embody the word community, you absolutely embody what a choir is about. This is the choir I’d most like to join.”

With a varied repertoire ranging from the famous Labi Siffre ballad ‘Something inside so strong’ to the classic gospel anthem ‘Oh Happy Day’ the choir never fails to touch the audience with its infectious enthusiasm and uplifting harmonies.

St Michael's Church, Egerton Road, Ashton, Preston

St Michael’s Church, Egerton Road, Ashton, Preston

Both CAFOD and Christian Aid are thrilled that they will be singing in support of their work.  Both charities are focusing the fundraising on programmes in Kenya.  CAFOD is currently supporting a 2-year programme in Kitui Diocese in Kenya, called Hands On  which will transform the land and lives with a refreshed supply of water.

This short film clip tells us about this exciting and life-changing project.

Ten years ago the diocese of Kitui in south eastern Kenya was a green and fertile area. A great dam provided fresh water to over 600 families. But now the soil is bare and the dam has dried up. Water is hard to find.

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But the people of Kitui have a plan to restore their land and water supply in just two years. By digging terracing, planting ten thousand trees and restoring their dam, they will lay the foundations of a better and greener future. A future in which better access to water means that they can grow enough food for their families.

“What this project aims to do is heal the land, nurture it and connect people to the land.” Philip, Project Coordinator in Kitui

The work is underway and funds raised from the concert will help to complete the programme.

Each year in Preston CAFOD and Christian Aid have come together to raise funds jointly for their valuable overseas work.  Christian Aid’s focus is also on Kenya, but focusing on the vital area of maternal and child health.  Based in Narok County in Kenya, this project is providing immediate help in the form of medicines, basic medical equipment, and ambulances that can reach the isolated rural communities.

Two new maternity wards will also be constructed and another three renovated. Chronic malnutrition is a huge problem in this area, with 65.4 per cent of children experiencing stunted growth. Christian Aid partners will provide high-impact nutrition interventions as well as working on longer-term solutions such as starting community ‘kitchen gardens’ to tackle this problem.

Read more about Christian Aid’s life-changing provision and action here

We look forward to an enjoyable evening of inspiring music, knowing that in doing so we support our extended family overseas enabling them to look forward to a better future.

Download the poster for the concert here

Tickets cost £7.50. £6 for concessions and £12 for a family ticket and are available from CAFOD Lancaster on tel no 01772 733310 or email lancaster@cafod.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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