While perhaps not on our television screens as much as it used to be, Romania still faces considerable economic hardships.
Average incomes are lower than those in most other countries in south-eastern Europe and the pace of reform is slow. More than 80,000 children live in institutions or substitute families, deprived of parental care. The education system is understaffed and badly in need of resources and modernisation. Roma children face challenges in participating in education, especially in getting to and from school.
One group in Cookstown has being supporting ministering in Romania for many years and after last year’s inspirational and successful gospel concert have decided to organise another concert for Friday 14th March 2014 in the Burnavon, Cookstown at 7.30pm.
Featuring Arron and Leah Watson, Lissan Choir, Parker Donnelly, Steven Lucas, Claggan Youth, Cookstown Gospel Youth, with more local artists to be announced, the concert proceeds will be used to assist secondary school children with transport to school, and to provide classroom materials such as books, educational resources and other classroom equipment.
The concert is free, with donations to the fund-raising appeal welcomed on the night. Seats must be booked in advance of the gospel concert’s start time of 7.30am and can be booked only at the Burnavon Box Office in person or by telephoning 028 8676 9949.