Penticton students show off talent for Tanzania

Princess Margaret Secondary school hosts student talent show on Tuesday with funds to Tanzania.

Students will be under the spotlight to show their skills on Tuesday at a fundraising talent show at Princess Margaret Secondary School.

“We have a wide variety of singing, dancing, aboriginal drummers and even a slam-poet,” said Maggie vice-principal Sandra Richardson. “Harlan Kruger has written his own content and will be performing slam-poetry. He is only in Grade 10 and is an amazing talent.”

All funds from the talent show will go towards a humanitarian project in Tanzania. A local group of students came back in August after spending three-weeks helping finish a dormitory at a orphanage that was started by another local group of students who went to Tanzania in the spring.

“Now we are planning to go back in July and will be helping build a dining space for the orphanage. They currently eat outside,” said Richardson. “I really think it is important to show students when you do work for another country it is not fly-by-the-night. We develop relationships and learn the needs of the population. The orphanage has been very willing to accept these young people to come into their world and it proves an incredibly rich, cultural, humanitarian experience for the students.”

The talent show fundraiser will feature performers from Kaleden Elementary, Wiltse Elementary, Skaha Lake Middle School and Maggie. The performances will take place in the multipurpose room at Maggie starting at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation, with a $5 minimum, and a concession will be open with proceeds from that also going to Tanzania.

Students will be under the spotlight to show their skills on Tuesday at a fundraising talent show at Princess Margaret Secondary School.

“We have a wide variety of singing, dancing, aboriginal drummers and even a slam-poet,” said Maggie vice-principal Sandra Richardson. “Harlan Kruger has written his own content and will be performing slam-poetry. He is only in Grade 10 and is an amazing talent.”

All funds from the talent show will go towards a humanitarian project in Tanzania. A local group of students came back in August after spending three-weeks helping finish a dormitory at a orphanage that was started by another local group of students who went to Tanzania in the spring.

“Now we are planning to go back in July and will be helping build a dining space for the orphanage. They currently eat outside,” said Richardson. “I really think it is important to show students when you do work for another country it is not fly-by-the-night. We develop relationships and learn the needs of the population. The orphanage has been very willing to accept these young people to come into their world and it proves an incredibly rich, cultural, humanitarian experience for the students.”

The talent show fundraiser will feature performers from Kaleden Elementary, Wiltse Elementary, Skaha Lake Middle School and Maggie. The performances will take place in the multipurpose room at Maggie starting at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation, with a $5 minimum, and a concession will be open with proceeds from that also going to Tanzania.

“Every dime raised on Tuesday goes to the building project. We buy all the materials on the ground ourselves, so no money being diverted elsewhere,” said Richardson.

“Every dime raised on Tuesday goes to the building project. We buy all the materials on the ground ourselves, so no money being diverted elsewhere,” said Richardson.

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