Pupils need funds for trip

THE George Randell Primary school senior marimba band are headed to Johannesburg to take part in the International Steel band and Marimba competition.

MUSIC LESSONS: George Randell music teacher, Siyabulela Sitatyi (left), plays marimbas with his pupils at a performance at Balfour Park Shopping Centre last week Friday. The performance was a fundraiser for the band’s trip to Johannesburg to compete in the International Steel band and Marimba competition in July Picture: MADELEINE CHAPUT

The competition takes place in July and the total cost of the trip is R80 000. As a fundraiser for the trip, the senior Marimba Band performed at Balfour Park Shopping Centre last week Friday. A large number of shoppers stopped to listen to these talented pupils and were treated to beautiful marimba beats and rhythms.

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To enable the band to experience this wonderful opportunity, the school and all those involved have been working tirelessly to raise the funds needed.

“It is always a tough job raising funds for this tour. Our teachers work so hard throughout the year to make it possible to send these kids to Joburg,” George Randell teacher, Tracey Hampson said.

“We are still in need of more funds as we are trying to reduce the cost to parents as much as possible, most of our parents cannot afford such high costs,” cultural Head of Department (HOD), Gloria Sarpong said.

In an effort to raise more of the funds needed, the school has booked several similar performances around East London. Donation boxes will be set up at each performance venue and any donation would be greatly appreciated.

“We are going to bring in different music groups from the school to accompany the marimba band and entertain the public in the upcoming performances,” Sarpong said.

For those who missed these young talents last week, the next fundraiser performance will be held at Hemingways Mall on April 24.


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