IN September North Haven Bowling Club’s Operations Manager, Luke Warden, will fly to Uganda as part of kwaYa Australia’s Cross-Cultural Connections Program.
Joining Dr Jonathon Welch AM (Choir of Hard Knocks) and another 48 Aussies, Luke will experience ten days of musical and cultural exchange with the African Children’s Choir (ACC) and work with them in one of their outreach projects in Uganda. He expects to be kept busy assisting in two orphanages and participating in a rebuilding and renovation project in the slums of Kampala.
Luke will also help conduct musical, cultural and artistic workshops and assist with the recruitment of the next generation of the African Children’s Choir.
The choir recently took part in the highly acclaimed “Sing” project and performance for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert. The story of how writer Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber travelled the world to bring the “Sing” project to life was featured in the television coverage of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The children of ACC are drawn from the slums of a number of African nations. Orphaned and often with no hope of breaking free from the cycle of poverty, the children are provided with accommodation, education and healthcare facilities. They are also given the opportunity to travel the world, raising money to send home to their communities.
Luke and his fellow volunteers will spend several days with the current ACC in a cross-cultural exchange that will include a number of performances in and around Kampala.
The choir is planning to spend a number of days here in the Camden Haven during a planned tour of Australia in August 2013. This will be their only stop between Sydney and the Gold Coast.
Luke has held trivia nights, raffles and a bowls fundraising function at the Club to raise money to go towards the project. For more information about the ACC, their planned visit next year and Luke’s trip to Uganda; go to: