Artist for Africa
Local artists Stephen Collett will be holding an
exhibition with a difference in St Remigius Church, Hethersett over the
weekend of September 24th to 26th.
Stephen’s paintings will not only be on display but
will also be on sale to raise money for the Grassroots Trust and the
charity’s work in Tanzania, The trust sponsors about 1,700 children who are
either orphans or from poor families. The support from Grassroots often keeps
them off the streets.
“The scheme works by providing on a weekly basis a
nutritious meal with extra milk for pre-schoolers with the HIV children being
given extra protein and also free access to a doctor. In addition they
are able to go to school as Grassroots provide the necessary uniform without
which they are not permitted to go. Some children have one parent but live at
subsistence level. Many are raised by grandparents as their parents have died,
commonly from AIDS” said St Remigius Church member Anne Hallam who has been
to Tanzania twice in support of the charity.
"It is so moving to see their plight and so humbling
and satisfying to realise that our help gives them hope for the future they
otherwise would not have,” Mrs Hallam added.
There will be a full weekend of events in addition to
Stephen Collett’s exhibition at St Remigius in support of the Trust. This
will include a social evening with music and refreshements on the Friday at
6.30 p.m. Throughout the weekend the church will be decorated for Harvest
Festival and on Saturday afternoon there will be craft activities aimed at
families and children.