For seven years now, Cantemus at Calday have met every Tuesday at Calday Grange Grammar School, practicing and perfecting their high notes in order to wow the audience at their next event. Whether they are singing in St Georges Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall or just on the streets of Liverpool, the choir of over 80 adults never fail to impress those watching and always manage to raise an astonishing amount for a charity chosen by them.

The Wirral based choir are not just lively, friendly and entertaining but they are a charity driven choir who support many different organisations worldwide when they sing their hearts out at events they have personally organised or have been invited to.

Their most recent event on the 15th of October, located at Hoylake Chapel was in aim of raising awareness as well as money for the charity Refilwe.

The African themed night entertained many, selling out all the tickets, filling all of the seats and having many people standing, it was a night not to miss. Not only did the choir put their heart and soul into the performance, but also traditional African drummers and dancers joined them to make the show even more authentic.

Singing is good for the soul and for the community: Cantemus at Calday support Refilwe

Refilwe is a charity that seeks to provide love and care to children of Lanseria, aiming to break the cycle of poverty that is inflicted upon them. As well as empowering not just them as parents, but also individuals, to help enable them to look after themselves financially, spiritually, socially, emotionally and materially, through the love of Jesus Christ.

Singing is good for the soul and for the community: Cantemus at Calday support Refilwe

Refilwe’s ‘God Parent Programme’

The money that is donated to Refilwe helps support local businesses in Lanseria in order to keep a sustainable income to family oriented businesses, as well as giving many job opportunities to several parents. It also supports the ‘God Parent Programme’, a programme that uses a family-based foster care model to provide a safe and stable home environment for up to 30 vulnerable children. Refilwe provide up to 10 families, each family consisting of 4 to 6 children, but they are looking to increase that number.

The children involved in the ‘God Parent Programme’ receive quality education, starting the cycle at Refilwe Early Childhood Development Centre, and then going onto very reputable local primary and secondary schools. Not only do Refilwe want to provide the children with a good education including Maths and English, but they also wish to teach children on how to be independent and teach them Christian values for their future.

Cantemus at Calday raised just shy of £2000 for Refilwe, an astounding amount once again. But whether the donation is big or small, recognition for these hardworking singers is always important. The choir not only make the Wirral proud by their talent, but by their charity work and willingness to help those in need.


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