About 500 schoolchildren from a dozen schools around the Waitaki district will be part of World Vision’s Kids for Kids show at the Oamaru Opera House on August 31 and September 1.
The “Slice of Heaven” show involves school pupils from around the district coming together to perform classic New Zealand songs as one large choir, led by well-known entertainer Jackie Clarke and musician Nathan King.
Only Ms Clarke will appear at the Oamaru shows.
The Oamaru shows aim to raise awareness for World Vision’s work in Luguru, a Tanzanian community that needs urgent help getting safe water, food and education to thousands of children.
Fenwick, Weston, Oamaru North, Duntroon, Totara and Oamaru Intermediate pupils will perform on August 31, while pupils from Ardgowan, Five Forks, Papakaio, St Joseph’s, Maheno and Waitaki Valley will perform the following day.
Waitaki Valley principal Deidre Senior said the school was thrilled to be part of Kids for Kids.
“We’re just excited that our children can be part of a mass choir. It’s really good way to show support for World Vision, so it’s a bit of an opportunity for us to show some community service and also for our children to be part of that limelight for the night.”
World Vision chief executive Chris Clarke said he was proud to be partnering with Kids For Kids and creating an event that inspired a new generation of caring global citizens.
“This event is a special opportunity for Kiwi kids to raise their voices and make a difference for children on the other side of the world.
“It’s a remarkable opportunity for children, their families and their schools to learn about the world beyond their own, and understand the incredible impact they can have in Luguru through child sponsorship.”
More than 10,000 children across New Zealand are participating in Kids for Kids this year.