philanthropists and beneficiary share a smileMath professor Rick Caron (left) and his daughter alumna Julie Caron (right) pose with Timothy Massawe, founder of the Saidia Agriculture and Social Care Organization, and Elton, a beneficiary of the Canadian World Education Foundation’s work in Tanzania.

Concert to benefit African educational project

Students, faculty and alumni of the School for Arts and Creative Innovation and local musicians will lend their talents to help orphaned and vulnerable children in the east African nation of Tanzania, with a fund-raising concert on Saturday, March 7.

The concert will be followed by a “Taste of Tanzania” reception featuring authentic Tanzanian dishes.

The second annual Tunes for Tanzania will raise money to send orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania to school. Last year’s event raised enough money to send a young Maasai girl to school, rescuing her from a forced marriage, says math professor Rick Caron, one of the charity’s founders.

The program, developed and organized by UWindsor concert producer Trevor Pittman, will feature performances by: violinist Lillian Scheirich; pianist Greg Butler; the Majestic Brass Quintet; soloist Daniela Marentette and soprano Erin Armstrong; the student Percussion Studio under the direction of Nick Papador; and youth performers, including Will Ebere, Emma McDonald and Fiona Carmichael, daughter of chemistry professor Tricia Carmichael.

“It will be such a great blend of children, current students, faculty, alumni and retired professors and local musicians,” Dr. Caron says. “It should be a fantastic event!”

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Paulin Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3200 Woodland Avenue. Admission is $15 at the door, with student tickets available for $5.

Learn more about Canadian World Education Foundation – Tanzania on its Facebook page.