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African celebration in Hingham for children’s charity

15:33 23 October 2012

Joyous Praise Rockin

Joyous Praise Rockin' Gospel Choir performs at the African Tambai celebration at St Andrews Church, Hingham. Photo: Steve Adams

African storytelling, live music and craft activities drew the crowds to a family celebration in aid of disadvantaged children at the weekend.

Schoolchildren in Hingham had been taking part in a range of activities for an “I Love Zimbabwe Week” which reached its high point at a Tambai at St Andrew’s Church on Saturday attended by about 300 people.

The event featured music by Anna Mudeka and Wymondham High School pupil Holly Harrington, the Joyous Praise Rockin’ Gospel Choir and local drumming group Drumskin, while Obee Joyful and Tilly the Talespinner told stories from Africa.

There were also craft activities, including rag weaving and the opportunity to make masks, friendship bracelets and shakers at the event which raised more than £1,500 for the Mudeka Foundation, which supports the education of disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe.

Organiser Cristal Webb, who is in charge of fundraising for the charity, said: “It started as an idea to raise some money for the foundation during Black History Month and grew from there.

“We’re delighted with the amount raised and so grateful to everyone who helped and donated.”

South Norfolk Council provided funding and the support of its events team.

Throughout the week, pupils at the primary school were joined by Anna Mudeka and Elizabeth Louis from the foundation to learn what life is like for children in Zimbabwe. They raised money for the charity, learned dancing and drumming, and created an African-inspired batique-style print on cloth, which was displayed at Saturday’s event.


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