Children's choir inspirational
A CHOIR performing in Laidley today and tomorrow has experienced more hardship than most.
Every member of the Watoto Children's Choir, from the war-stricken African nation of Uganda, has lost at least one parent to war, famine or disease.
The choir is touring the planet as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa who have been orphaned in war, poverty and an AIDS epidemic.
Laidley resident and Watoto Child Care Ministries Australian and New Zealand director Luke Willey has brought the group to the Lockyer Valley to spread its message locally.
Mr Willey has recently returned from Gulu, in northern Uganda, where he witnessed first-hand the terror that had been wrought by infamous warlord Joseph Kony.
Mr Willey said in Gulu he met women who had received facial reconstructions after being mutilated by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
Mr Willey said the members of the choir were fantastic ambassadors for Uganda.
"Lockyer Valley residents have the amazing opportunity to meet the children of Uganda through the Watoto Children's Choir, right here in the valley," he said.
We have the opportunity to practically lend a hand to the children of Uganda, through sponsoring a baby, child or mother, going to Uganda on a building team or by making a financial contribution."
The Watoto Children's Choir will be performing at 6pm tonight at the Laidley Cultural Centre, and tomorrow at 6.30pm at the Laidley Recreational Reserve.
For further information regarding Watoto phone Rachael Willey on 0411 799 307.