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Ugandan children's choir robbed in Vancouver playing show in Kamloops to help recover stolen donations

A children's choir from Uganda touring Canada are playing a bonus show in Kamloops after the vehicle they were driving was looted in Vancouver.

The Sawuti Choir, comprised of seven children aged eight to 15, had collected more than $7,000 and numerous cheques after playing shows on Vancouver Island last week says show organizer Dan Lal.

While in Vancouver on Saturday (April 13), the group's van was broken into before organizers had a chance to deposit the money.

"They were in downtown Vancouver near Tent City performing for homeless people," Lal says. "(The organizers, who come from Winnipeg) probably were not aware of the danger of parking there."

The donations, two laptops, an iPad, and personal items were all taken from the van and Lal says the loss is estimated at more than $15,000.

"The donations go to child sponsorship in both Uganda and Rwanda," Lal says. "The money that they lost would have sponsored 14 kids per year."

Despite the loss, the children sang a show later in the day.

Now they're headed to Edson for a show on Wednesday.

They were planning on stopping in Kamloops to sleep for the night, hosted by the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship.

Lal says the choir were planning a small show, to show their appreciation to their hosts, but that's been altered.

"We were just going to host them, just so they didn't have to drive all the way through," Lal says. 

The children will now be performing a full concert in Kamloops to recoup some of their losses.

Tonight's show is at the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship at 702 Columbia St. Things start 6:30 p.m.

The concert is free, but donations will be accepted in the form of cash and cheques and through credit cards or email transfers (the email address is, Lal says).

More information about the choir can be found HERE. You can also donate to the choir through their website.


Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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