A great success for the children!
In the majestic surroundings of Geneva's Victoria Hall, to a packed house, 400 children from the city's private schools sang on 30 April in support of the Don du Chœur's Kenya project.
The aim of the project is to improve education for 600 children in Teso District, western Kenya, by renovating two state schools and a girls' dormitory, and by building the district's first school for handicapped children.
By the end of the evening, the takings amounted to 102,000 Swiss francs; this included ticket sales, fundraising projects by the schools and an exceptionally generous collection of 17,800 francs. Every centime will go to the project, as the costs of the evening were covered by generous sponsors.
More than 1,400 people – families, friends, supporters – packed into the hall to hear the children, aged 8 to 12, from 11 schools, perform a varied programme of music. This included two original numbers written for Don du Chœur – Distant Star, by Andrew Close, and the ever-popular Enfants du Monde, by Ellen Misuri, performed every year since 2004. The singers were accompanied by a children's instrumental ensemble of 15 violins and three cellos.
Two young Kenyans welcomed the audience in French, English and Swahili, with an affectionate portrait of their country. A group of young Rwandan dancers delighted the gathering with their grace and sensuality.
An exceptional achievement
A number of VIPs added their prestige to the evening: Mr. Carlo Lamprecht, former Chairman of the Conseil d'Etat of the Republic and Canton of Geneva and HE Dr. John O. Kakongé, Kenyan Ambassador, both spoke glowingly of the standard of the performers. The head of the Geneva Association of Private Schools, Mr. Norbert Foester, several Heads of schools and some of Don du Choeur's own supporters underlined the huge achievement of the conductors, the children and their teachers.
Isabelle Chatel, Don du Choeur President, said afterwards: "This was an evening of gifts of all kinds – the gift of oneself, the gift of energy, the gift of talent. What an amazing present for the Don du Choeur's tenth anniversary."