Tracy Fehr shows photo of a motorcycle purchased with donations from a Voices in Song concert in December

Benefit concert helps North African woman

Penticton residents have changed the life of a North African woman.

Penticton residents have changed the life of a North African woman.

Raped and abused, Samira (name changed for privacy) left her marriage only to have a family member seek her out and severely burn her mother and infant daughter.

Samira was devastated, and struggling to survive, began weaving carpets to provide for her family.

Last December, a full house at a Voices in Song Benefit Concert raised more than $1,000 to purchase a motorcycle for Samira, which she now uses to take her hand-crafted carpets to market.

“Those who came out and supported our concert should know how much they have helped,” said Tracy Fehr, a lyric coloratura soprano who gives benefit concerts and workshops in Canada and North Africa to fundraise for ACT, the Association for Cooperation in Tunisia.

Among other initiatives, this non-profit organization helps unwed mothers and marginalized women receive training and funds to set up small home-based businesses. “We are so grateful for the community support.”

Fehr and senior singers from her Summerland studio will be hosting another benefit concert on Sunday May 5, this time raising money specifically to initiate funding for a counsellor to work with traumatized single mothers.

“Single moms and their children are suffering a lot especially because of discrimination,” says one of ACT’s workers in North Africa.

On her visits to disadvantaged women, this worker sees a need for a counsellor to help with trauma associated with rape, family abuse, and with issues such as child prostitution.

She has seen how previous concert fundraising has helped, and hopes to be able to do more.

“Please say a big thank you to all who donated from me and Samira,” she says. “We very much appreciate your passion for single mothers.”

The Voices in Song Spring concert will be held Sunday May 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Penticton. Accompanists are Dennis Nordlund, piano and Elizabeth Lupton, violin. Tickets can be purchased at the Penticton and District Community Arts Council, Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave., Penticton, or from Tracy Fehr at 250-494-1042 or tlfehr@shaw.ca.

 

Just Posted

Ranchers help grow PRH

Ranching family’s roots recognized through PRH donation

Oktoberfest kicks off new Beer Week

The 10th annual event ties into the new week-long celebration of craft beers.

Summerland council agrees to 30-year lease with steam railway

Tourist train has been operating as an attraction in Summerland since 1995

Speeding a concern on Summerland streets

Police observe fast motorists in town and on Highway 97

Rain in forecast for Okanagan-Shuswap region

Mixed bag of clouds, sun and showers forecast for the week ahead

Election 2019: Robert Mellalieu — Green Party candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Robert Mellalieu is running for the Green Party in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Greta Thunberg meets with First Nations chief in Fort McMurray

Thunberg has turned her protest against climate change into a global movement

Canucks hang on for 3-2 win over Rangers in New York

Vancouver scores three times in first period

More beef products recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

The food safety watchdog has been investigating possible E. coli 0157:H7

Roads contractor waits for snow removal equipment as winter looms

The newly-hired highway maintenance company serving the region is hitting some bumps… Continue reading

B.C. VIEWS: How to get the best deal on your ICBC car insurance

ICBC slowly being dragged into the 21st century

Pot legalization has gone ‘well’, but ‘yellow flags’ on vaping: task force chair

Canada legalized cannabis for non-medical use on Oct. 17, 2018,

Most Read