Choirs can raise funds to combat global hunger

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Choirs are invited to sing, celebrate, and raise funds to help put an end to global hunger as part of Common Vision, a do-it-yourself free concert package from Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Funds raised from this year’s concerts will go to support people affected by conflict and natural disaster in places such as Syria and Haiti.

Common Vision builds on the success of last year’s Spring Into Song concert package, which saw 41 community and church choirs from Vancouver Island to Charlottetown raise almost $80,000 to help fund training programs for small-scale farm families in East Africa. In Alberta, concerts were held in Vulcan, Clairmont, Spruce Grove, Lethbridge, Edmonton, and Calgary.

“The feedback we received from last year’s concerts was outstanding,” said James Kornelsen, public engagement co-ordinator for the Foodgrains Bank.

Several communities who put on concerts last year have already signed up to do so again this year, he said.

“The message we heard from choirs was that a free concert package that includes not only music, but video and graphic components, and ongoing support for publicity is something that makes a lot of sense for them.”

Participating choirs are sent a customizable package that includes all music, rehearsal recordings, publicity materials, and detailed task descriptions. Further support is available through the Foodgrains Bank office. All the music is composed by Canadian composer Ron Klusmeier and is customizable according to choir size and ability.

For more information, visit foodgrainsbank.ca/campaigns/commonvision or call Tami Duff at 1-800-665-0377.

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