VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Kind words, donations — and even lunch for half-price at the Boston Pizza on Bentall Street.
They’re all things an organizer with a Ugandan children’s choir says are making him feel supported after they were robbed in Vancouver on Saturday. Nothing has been recovered yet.
The Sawuti African Children’s Choir is on a six-month fundraising tour across Canada, hoping to gather funds to provide children in Kampala with an education — including the eight performers.
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Chris Sparks with the charity says around $8,000 in donations were stolen, as well as two laptops with the children’s music and video presentations to accompany the children’s performances.
The moral support he’s seen since the robbery has been ‘heart-melting,’ he says.
“We’ve just been bowled over by the kindness and the generosity and the sympathy of the Canadian people in the last 24 hours,” he says. “We’ve been overwhelmed and completely undone, really, by the generosity and the kindness of the Canadian people offering their support.”
There’s even been a spike in donations since Saturday afternoon.
Kind words, donations, and even lunch for half-price at @bostonpizza.
An organizer with the Sawuti African Children’s Choir says he’s overwhelmed with support that’s been rolling in since they were robbed in Vancouver’s Gastown Saturday morning. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/2loibzVPix
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Spark says he’s feeling “a lot more Christian today” now that he’s had time to reflect on why someone would break into their vehicle.
But, he can’t help but think how the $8,000 stolen would have helped 14 children in Uganda get an education.
“I don’t understand it. I guess when your whole life’s a mess,” he says. “But it’s hard to get your head around that.”
Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with police or the Pink Sapphire Society.
GoFundMe set up to raise money
Meantime, a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for the group has been set up.
“Seven Wells is a Non-Profit Organization that provides many children with education, healthcare and discipleship,” the page reads. “They provide support in a number of other ways including child sponsorship, business and entrepreneurial opportunities and skills training.”
So far, more than $400 of the $20,000 goal has been raised.
The group behind the fundraiser for the Sawuti Choir says the children are “empowering and strong,” and goes on to say they deserve all the support they can get.
“They continue to sing and dance with a smile on their faces above all this negative hardship.”