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Wiltshire plea to support Bethlehem link
A visit to Wiltshire by child dancers, from a Bethlehem centre that offers them a refuge from fighting in the streets needs sponsors.
The Bradford on Avon Friends of Palestine group is working in partnership with the charity Bethlehem B&NES Links to launch a Youth Sports and Dance Festival, from October 20-27.
The 15 young dancers and drummers, called Hakaya, are trained at the Ghirass Cultural Centre in Bethlehem.
Parents and pupils from St Augustine’s Catholic College in Trowbridge will be hosting the 15 youngsters, who will also take part in classes at the school and share a few events with the Bath group.
John McGowan, one of the St Augustine’s hosting parents, said: “This would be a tremendous opportunity for us and our children to meet and host visitors from the Occupied Territories.
“We can learn a little more about their lives than we currently know and also share a little of our own culture with them.”
The group estimates it will cost approximately £750 to bring each of the dancers over to this country to take part in the October festival.
The Bradford on Avon group is fundraising towards the amount needed and also applying for grants.
It will be putting on a performance by the group at Wiltshire Music Centre on Wednesday, October 23. Tickets are on sale now.
People interested in sponsoring the event can contact Judith Hammond, the chairman of Bradford on Avon Friends of Palestine, on 01225 868195.
She can be contacted on email at judithhammond @live.co.uk
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