Thursday, March 1, 2012

Concert at SWU to Benefit Haitian Children

Attention South Carolina readers! (And North Carolina! And Georgia and Tennessee, and anywhere close by!) We have a great opportunity coming our way next weekend!

"David Wimbish and the Collection, an indie/folk band from Greensboro, N.C., is coming to Southern Wesleyan University in a concert, March 9 at 8 p.m., to help Haitian children realize the dream of a better home.

The benefit concert for Okipe, a children’s home in Haiti will be held in Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the university’s campus in Central. The concert is being hosted by Southern Wesleyan’s Student Government Association. Admission is a $5 donation at the door.

Starting the night off will be a performance from Southern Wesleyan students Carissa McKinney and Eric Moxley, along with Palmer Dill, a Southern Wesleyan religion graduate.

Proceeds from the concert will go towards construction of a children’s village in Haiti, which will allow the children to live in smaller, family-oriented groups of eight to 10 with a house parent.

After a major earthquake devastated Haiti Jan. 12, 2010, approximately 15 percent of children were left orphaned or abandoned. Located in La Gonave, Haiti, Okipe started with 20 children, and has grown to 75 – all housed in one building, according to Stephanie Sestito, a Southern Wesleyan student and an organizer for the event.

For details, contact Sestito by emailing steph.sestito@gmail.com or visit the event page on Facebook by entering “The Collection at SWU” in the search box.'

(taken from the Southern Wesleyan University Press release)

Join us in this great opportunity to enjoy a fabulous concert AND make a life-changing impact for those devastated by the Haitian earthquake.