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African-themed concert helps send kids to summer recreation programs

Event on Sunday, April 29 in Abbotsford supports refugee families

An African-themed concert takes place Sunday, April 29 in Abbotsford to raise money to held provide summer recreation programs for the children of refugee families.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at St. Matthews Anglican Church, 2010 Guilford Drive. Tickets include an international finger-food buffet.

The event is being hosted by the Interfaith Refugee Project (IRP), which was established over two years ago to bring a Syrian refugee family to Abbotsford.

The IRP was set up under the umbrella of the Abbotsford Interfaith Movement but acts as an independent entity.

The IRP, with the support of several churches, the business community and individuals, previously held two auction events and a fundraising concert.

A Syrian family was welcomed to the community in January 2016.

Last summer, funds provided summer recreation programs to 22 children from six different countries.

A second family – this time from the Democratic Republic of Congo – arrived in Abbotsford in December 2017 and are settling into the community.

Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available at eventbrite.ca or at the door.

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