Tameside Community Voices raising funds to combat hunger in Zimbabwe with Oldham show
Tuesday 13th March 2018 @ 15:33 by Tom Greggan
Mossley & Saddleworth News Oldham Tameside

A community choir from Tameside are promising a fantastic night of entertainment in Oldham, to raise funds for the international development charity, CAFOD.

Tameside Community Voices and the CAFOD Action Team Volunteers from parishes in Oldham, Mossley and Rochdale are joining forces on Friday March 16th to raise funds for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal.

The evening will feature a variety of upbeat numbers across a range of genres, including pop, classical and songs from the musicals.  Around fifty members of the choir will be performing, spanning from people in their twenties through to their eighties.

This year, all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

Worldwide, one in nine people regularly go hungry. Malnutrition kills almost three million children a year. Even for a child who survives malnutrition, their growth can be stunted, and it can cause irreversible damage to mental development.

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

Jacinta Murray, who is part of both the choir and the local CAFOD Action Team, said: “We enjoy doing what we’re doing. and hopefully others will enjoy it too! We love doing events like this and the choir performs for free, it’s just great to know we’re helping people too.”

CAFOD’s local representative in Tameside, Steve Burrowes, added: “The group from Oldham, Mossley and Rochdale are so passionate about supporting CAFOD and creating a more just world.  We’re so grateful that they’ve teamed up with Tameside Community Choir to put on this event.

“The money they raise will help to transform lives across the world!”

The funds raised by CAFOD’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.

It will also provide training for families on farming techniques to grow drought-resistant crops and for nurses and village health workers on how to spot and prevent malnutrition.

The evening of song will be held at St Edward’s upstairs hall, Spring Lane, Lees, Oldham, on March 16th at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Bernie Slater on 07753 834925 and to find out more about CAFOD’s work, visit cafod.org.uk.