Girl dreams of going on tour with Children’s Choir

2017-11-08 06:01
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“THE only time Bronwyn isn’t singing is when she studies or sleeps.”

This according to Wanda and Desmond Morton who desperately want their daughter, Bronwyn, to go on tour with the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir (ECCC) in Europe next year.

The ECCC, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, consists of 50 to 60 children between the ages of 11 and 15.

They will be going on the ECCC’s 13th international tour next year.

However, the parents are responsible for paying the costs of the trip for their children and many of them are struggling to raise the funds, including the Mortons.

Wanda had kicked of the fundraising campaign with enthusiasm, hosting a sokkie and raffling vouchers among friends and family when their plan hit a major snag.

“I won’t be able to continue fund­raising due to my rapidly deteriorating health, diverticular disease which causes air pockets in the colon. I had to undergo an urgent operation but had to delay to do fundraising,” said Wanda.

“With a third operation on both hands and the colon operation I will be unable to do anything for three months. I will be devastated if Bronwyn cannot participate in the tour because of a lack of funds.”

Bronwyn (13), a Grade 7 learner at Dr Viljoen Primary School, said going on the tour would be a dream come true for her.

“To me it would be the experience of a lifetime, to be a team player and part of a huge group of children with diverse cultures and hear our voices echoing through the cathedrals.”

There are several people in her life who would like to see her succeed, starting with the European tour.

One of them is Dr Viljoen Primary’s junior choir teacher, Lorna van Zyl, who said, “Bronwyn showed from a young age that she had a special talent for singing and a love of music. Her life revolves around music and singing is an important part of her life and, most importantly, she absolutely enjoys it.”

“Bronwyn is such a blessing in our lives and she deserves to go on the tour. She is dedicated, diligent, sets goals and work tremendously hard to achieve them,” added her father, Desmond.

Bronwyn has Monica de Lange, the chairperson of the ECCC, in her corner as well.

“Bronwyn is a well-mannered girl and an integral member of the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir.

“She has been a member of the choir for a year. It would be unfortunate if she could not go on the tour because of a lack of funding.

“The choir comprises a diverse group of children and she fits in well with all. Her friendly personality makes her a popular member of our choir and this kind of behaviour is conducive to the positive development of the ECCC.”

The Morton family needs the community’s help to get Bronwyn to Europe.

For more info contact Wanda Morton on 074 758 7323.

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