CASS Annual Fundraising Concert

Each year CASS holds a special fundraising concert to support the work of CASS in South Sudan. The concert is held the first Sunday of November at Wesley Knox United Church in London. This concert always features a number of choirs and musical groups from around London and area, including London's own Denise Pelley. Also featured is a special guest speaker, and representatives from CASS who will give updates on current projects.

The annual concert, held in 2010 on November 7, included retired Lt.-General Romeo Dallaire as an honoured guest speaker. In addition to Romeo Dallaire, Jane Roy delivered an update on the work of CASS in Sudan, and a bounty of special music was performed by a number of local London musical groups.

Romeo Dallaire was the head of the UN mission during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He recalled seeing a little boy left in the road, the survivor of a massacre that had killed his family. “That little boy in the middle of that genocide was just as human as my son back home in Quebec City. Today my son is graduated and doing well … what happened to that little boy?” he said. Dallaire also spoke out against the use of child soldiers in the recent conflict in Sudan, as well as many other conflicts around the world. For more information about Romeo Dallaire and his mission to eliminate the use of child soldiers around the world, visit www.zeroforce.com. Another resource is his recent book, “They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children”.

Musical talent was provided by the Stephen Holowitz Jazz Ensemble, the Medway Concert Choir, the A.B. Lucas Choir, the Banting Male Chorus, and the Mountsfield Choir. Perennial favourite soloist Denise Pelley also sang several pieces, including a moving duet with Glen Pearson called “Song for a Child Soldier”.

If you would like to see more pictures from previous concerts, click here.