Abbotsford concert raises $28,000 for victims of Nepal earthquake

The event was held at Emmanuel Mennonite Church

A recent concert in Abbotsford raised funds for victims of the Nepal earthquake. Families

A recent concert in Abbotsford raised funds for victims of the Nepal earthquake. Families

A recent concert in Abbotsford raised almost $28,000 to help victims of the April 25th earthquake in Nepal.

The concert, held at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, was attended by more than 300 people and featured music, reflection and prayer.

The Nepal Earthquake Relief Concert was organized by Vanj Thiessen and Calvin Dyck to raise money for the relief efforts in partnership with the Pokhara Church community in Nepal.

Performing at the concert were Dyck, Paul Williamson, Betty Suderman, the West Coast String Quartet and Shim Beack. They began the concert with the national anthem of Nepal.

Pre- and post-earthquake videos and urgent emails from Kathmandu and Pokhara friends gave the audience a glimpse into what the Nepali people are facing.

Donations from the concert are being channeled through Habitat for Humanity to a Nepali organization called Asal Chhimekee Nepal (Good Neighbour Nepal), already providing relief to many destitute families.

The Canadian government will match these donations.

Vanj and Ernie Thiessen are now planning an online motor vehicle auction in July to raise funds for the long-term needs of Nepal. Visit dutcheauction.com to learn more.

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