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Fundraising concert tonight at The Ship

A music-fuelled fundraiser is being held tonight at The Ship - with all donations going towards items for the village of Dzogadze in Ghana.

The items will be a gift provided by the members of an 11-person educational excursion which will travel from this province to the African village at the end of the month.

Top photo, Newfoundland musician Curtis Andrews performs with the people of Dzogadze Ghana. Curtis and 10 volunteers are heading back to the African country and are holding a fundrasier at The Ship tonight. Bottom photo, Curtis Andrews (right) and his mot

A music-fuelled fundraiser is being held tonight at The Ship - with all donations going towards items for the village of Dzogadze in Ghana.

The items will be a gift provided by the members of an 11-person educational excursion which will travel from this province to the African village at the end of the month.

The educational/cultural mission has been organized by musician Curtis Andrews.

"This is going to be a unique culture-bridging experience/experiment," stated Andrews on the group's upcoming travels.

The village of Dzogadze is the same village for which Andrews raised enough money for the opening of a new school in 2009.

While Ghana is a country of major centres, with all of the Western amenities, the country's smaller villages like Dzogadze are in want for certain items and infrastructure (like their new school).

With this province's contingent of future village visitors being a sizable group, the members wanted to bring a collection of gifts for their hosts that might make a real impact.

That is where the fundraiser comes in.

Musicians to provide entertainment at the event include Duane Andrews, Sherry Ryan and Paddy Barry. The night will also include a silent auction and a slide show presentation of images from Ghana, courtesy of Andrews' mother, Rose Andrews.

Contacted Wednesday about her scheduled slide show presentation, Mom Andrews was in the middle of baking items for a basket of goodies to be put up on tickets. Her homemade items include eight loaves of bread, banana bread, partridgeberry muffins and preserves.

The funds raised at The Ship she said, will go towards items such as mosquito nets, soccer jerseys, and educational supplies. She said many of the items will be purchased in Ghana.

"The aim is to not have to spend much money in Canada as that same money can go much further in Ghana," she said.

Rose Andrews would know. She has already visited the country, having travelled with her son and husband to Dzogadze for the opening of the new school.

"We were met by Curtis and some of his dearest friends," she said. "We were kind of immersed into their day-to-day culture and their routine."

As for the impact of the trip?

"Words can hardly describe," said Andrews.

For her visit, Rose Andrews said she delivered children's clothes and donated soccer balls to the community.

While such donations will also be accepted at The Ship, potential associated shipping costs should be taken into consideration.

Meanwhile, Curtis Andrews and his 10 volunteers are scheduled to leave for Ghana March 31.

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: The Ship

Geographic location: Ghana, Canada

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