christmas-formal-dance.jpgHelping Africa's most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, GE Theatre at Proctors; Tickets $30 Schenectady, N.Y. -The African Children's Choir melts the hearts of audiences around the world with charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The Choir-which raises money to combat poverty and hunger in Africa through humanitarian and educational outreach-has deep roots. Almost 30 years ago, Irishman Ray Barnett was on a humanitarian trip to war-torn Uganda when he gave a small boy a ride from his decimated home to the safety of another village. During the journey, the child did what he knew how to do best - he sang. That simple song of dignity and hope became the catalyst for a program that has changed the lives of thousands of children and reshaped the future of the African continent. The African Children's Choir visits Proctors, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. (A morning School Days performance is already sold out.) Since its inception, The African Children's Choir has raised funds not only for its members' health and education, but also for multiple group homes and a series of literacy schools. Barnett, based in British Columbia, is now known as "Daddy Ray" to thousands of African children-including many, like Dr. Robert Kalyesubula, who have gone on to supporting roles in their own communities. At Proctors, the African Children's Choir program will also include well-loved children's songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children's Choir) works in seven African countries including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs. The African Children's Choir has had the privilege to perform before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England for her diamond jubilee. The Choir has also had the honor of singing alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Michael W. Smith. The African Children's Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa's most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow. Photos:


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