Concert to benefit North African women

Tracy Fehr and singers are bringing hope to North African women with their Voices in Song Christmas Benefit Concert on Saturday, Nov. 29.

In the new year

Tracy Fehr and singers are once again bringing hope to North African women with their Voices in Song Christmas Benefit Concert on Saturday, Nov. 29.

“We’ve been able to make a real difference in people’s lives with these benefit concerts,” Fehr said.

Fehr has raised money for North African women through ACT, the Association for Cooperation in Tunisia. This non-profit organization helps unwed mothers and marginalized women receive training and funds to set up small home-based businesses.

She has been to North Africa three times to work with this organization and will return early next year. While there, she hosts benefit concerts that receive much publicity and help ACT make new contacts with government and community agencies.

“I’m looking forward to going back to help strengthen connections,” she said. “I’ll also meet the women and children who are new to the program, and those that we have recently helped.”

Over the years, donations from the Voices in Song audience have assisted ACT in helping these young women and mothers set up home-based businesses such as weaving and baking.

The organization has also raised money to hire a counsellor to work with these women who are often suffering because of rape, family abuse, trauma and discrimination.

The concert on Nov. 29 features Tracy Fehr, lyric coloratura soprano, as well as senior students from her studio.

It will be held at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 5505 Butler Dr., beginning at 7 p.m.

Accompanists are Dennis Nordlund on piano and Elizabeth Lupton on violin and viola.

Tickets and can be purchased at the Penticton and District Arts Council, from Tracy Fehr  at 250-486-5073 or tljfehr@gmail.com or at the door.