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VOICES 2008: Tell Me Why 10th edition

01 Jan News, Voices 2008 | Comments Off on VOICES 2008: Tell Me Why 10th edition
VOICES 2008: Tell Me Why 10th edition

Two years have gone by and that can only mean one thing. VOICES is back this year with another edition of its popular concerts.

VOICES 2008: “Tell Me Why” was launched during a press conference attended by the Minister of Education and Culture, the Hon. Dolores Cristina and Mrs Gemma Mifsud Bonnici, Chairperson of The Vodafone Malta Foundation, which is once again the main sponsor of the event.
“I am pleased to say that over the past five years, since its inception, the Vodafone Malta Foundation has supported numerous projects with the aim to remove the barriers that prevent people from participating fully in society. VOICES is a biannual national fund raising event, which is very popular with the general public. The foundation is glad to lend its support to VOICES so that more charitable organisations may benefit from the proceeds generated by the ten concerts,” said Mrs Mifsud Bonnici.

The theme for this year’s edition is Youth, and the slogan “Tell Me Why” refers to the questions we often ask ourselves about the plight of today’s youth. Why the poverty, why the social problems, why the illiteracy facing our youngsters?

VOICES is a 200-strong choir which to date has distributed €1,000,000 in cash to beneficiaries.

The choir started off in 1991 as a modest group of students from St Aloysius who loved to sing and who wanted to “give something back” to the community.

Today, 17 years and 10 editions later, most of the founding members are still actively involved in the organisation of the event, with the exception of the late Louis Naudi, who sadly passed away in 2004 and continues to be greatly missed by all.

The successful VOICES formula of performing classic and contemporary pop songs in five-part harmony ensures that demand for tickets is high and that the concerts are always sold-out. Emerging new talent is also given a chance to shine with soloists performing certain songs, always backed by the choir.

“The magic which is VOICES is hard to describe to someone who has never been to one of our concerts,” says Antonello Gauci, chairman of the VOICES Foundation. “The live band and choir provide an unforgettable show while the audience is even encouraged to get up and dance in the aisles. The fact that all this is done voluntarily with all proceeds from ticket sales going directly to charity, gives an added dimension to what VOICES is all about.”

This year, half the proceeds will be going to one major project, an educational centre at San Blas, the drug rehabilitation centre which is run by Caritas. This project was chosen after several proposals from different charities were made and evaluated in detail by the VOICESFoundation. Mons Victor Grech and Ms Mariella Balzan from Caritas, were also present at the press conference.

Ms Balzan said, “Caritas is being financially supported by VOICES to create a project that will empower rehabilitated drug dependant adolescents to re-enter into society. The Learning Centre will be available to 50 clients from all our residential programmes. This Centre will be used to teach life-skills, basic literacy skills, subjects up to ‘O’ level standard as well as computer skills, drama and music lessons.”

VOICES: “Tell Me Why” is being held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre from 1 – 5 October and from 9 – 13 October. The event is sponsored by The Vodafone Malta Foundation as the title sponsor, in collaboration with Island Hotels Group, Kinnie, Gasan Enterprises Ltd and Banif Bank as primary sponsors. Nescafe Cappuccino, Martini, and XFM radio are secondary sponsors.

Press contact: To arrange for photos, features or interviews aboutVOICES 2008 kindly contact Josanne Cassar (VOICES PR) on 99425985 or click here to send an email.

 

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