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HopeandLightSASchool750Norwich concert for food for S African Christian school 

On October 20 the Norfolk BroadBeat Choir will perform a concert at Witard Road Baptist Church to fundraise for Christian charity Hope and Light so they can feed children in their South African school amidst spiraling food costs.

The concert at Witard Road Baptist Church on Saturday, October 20, 7.30pm promises to be a fun evening with the Norfolk BroadBeat Choir singing songs from shows, films and popular music past and present.  Tickets cost £5 each at the door and all proceeds will go to feeding the children schooled by the South African Christian charity Hope and Light

The charity has strong links to Norwich thanks to Paul and Dianne Cruickshank from Norfolk who since 2005 have worked with and supported Hope and Light by registering a UK branch of the charity to raise funds for the work. 

Hope and Light works with children living in the township of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, about 25 miles from Cape Town, South Africa. Families live in shacks and there is a daily struggle against ill health, drugs, alcohol and domestic abuse.

Hope and Light started as a feeding scheme in 2004 and grew into an all-day crèche.  It has since expanded to include a primary and a secondary school.  One of the key parts of the day is feeding the children a good breakfast and lunch. But now with rising food costs there is a need to raise extra funds. 

Paul Cruickshank said: “According to the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy food prices are rocketing due to the drought and the falling Rand.  We have always felt that children cannot learn on an empty stomach and providing breakfast and lunch is an important factor in our school and nursery. Often these are the only meals those children have all day. So we are, fundraising again to ensure that our children will not be hungry whilst they at school.”

On October 7 Paul and Dianne Cruickshank gave an update on the work of the charity at the Sunday service of Witard Road Baptist Church. They recounted how God has provided land for the school and how the school is now moving from temporary classrooms to a permanent building thanks to a German firm who committed to funding the construction.

In January this year the first class of senior students started who will be taught from age 14-18 years old.  Dianne said: “We have known and cared for many of these young people since they were babies.”

The couple testified to instances of God’s faithfulness in the provision for the school.  Paul said: “The school is about 2kms outside of the village where the children live and we had to buy a bus to transport the children safely to and from school. All we could afford was a very old bus that was well over 30 years old - money for it was donated by a group of Danish tourists who had visited Cape Town and heard about Hope and Light. However, as grateful as we were it was continually needing repair and breaking down!  But God’s wondrous working never ceases. A month or so ago I heard from Barbara Tofaute, who heads up Hope and Light in South Africa, that a firm in Germany had promised Hope and Light a brand new Mercedes bus. This arrived arrived a week or so ago.”

All money raised at the concert on October 20 will be designated just to provide food for the children.  Paul said: “If it is possible for anyone to come and support us, then apart from having a good fun evening there is also the joy of filling the tummies of our children at Hope and Light.”

The concert will include refreshments and a market stall selling a variety of items. 

Witard Road Baptist Church, Witard Road, Norwich, NR7 9XD 

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