Sparkling concert raises funds and hope for Madagascar children
Geneva’s Victoria Hall was sold out for the seventh Don du Choeur concert, which took place on 28 April 2016. Some 1,400 people spent a sparkling evening in a tropical atmosphere of singing and dancing to raise money to build a school in Madagascar.
Highlight of the evening was the presence of two renowned Malagasy singers, Taliké and Hanta, who volunteered their services to help a region they know well.
By the end of the evening, Don du Choeur had raised a total of CHF 90'500.–, which will enable it to build and equip a state primary school and canteen at Andohasatra, Betioky district, in the south of Madagascar – one of the poorest places on the planet.
Building work is already underway
On 1 October this year, 360 children will start school for the first time in their lives. Solar panels will provide electricity.
The ambitious project is being carried out in cooperation with SOS Villages d’Enfants Madagascar, an organisation that has been active in the Indian Ocean country for 26 years and is well established in the local area.
Don du Choeur President, Isabelle Chatel, said: "This concert was an explosion of joy and exchanges between the young singers, the artistes and the audience. It was an exceptional moment for us all."
Mrs Chatel applauded the efforts of all who had made the concert such a success – the 400 children and their teachers from 13 Geneva private schools who performed, the band, other children who gave out programmes and helped collect donations, the technical team of the Victoria Hall and others, the organisers of the Malagasy buffet and all who helped behind the scenes.
"But we still have some way to go," she said, "to raise all the funds we need to cover the costs of training the teachers, the school’s running costs for the first year, building the kitchen and equipping the canteen. We are counting on our generous supporters to help us go this extra mile."
The concert was conducted by Don du Choeur’s Artistic Director, Sue Power, with Daniel Darbellay and Benjamin Lubrano, who wrote one of the songs for the occasion. The event took place in the presence of a number of dignitaries, including the Minister of the Embassy of Madagascar in Switzerland, AGEP President, the directions of Geneva private schools and Brolliet SA manager.