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Artist for Africa

Local artists Stephen Collett will be holding an exhibition with a difference in St Remigius Church, Hethersett over the weekend of September 24th to 26th

Stephen’s paintings will not only be on display but will also be on sale to raise money for the Grassroots Trust and the charity’s work in Tanzania, The trust sponsors about 1,700 children who are either orphans or from poor families. The support from Grassroots often keeps them off the streets. 

“The scheme works by providing on a weekly basis a nutritious meal with extra milk for pre-schoolers with the HIV children being given extra protein and also free access to a doctor.  In addition they are able to go to school as Grassroots provide the necessary uniform without which they are not permitted to go. Some children have one parent but live at subsistence level. Many are raised by grandparents as their parents have died, commonly from AIDS” said St Remigius Church member Anne Hallam who has been to Tanzania twice in support of the charity. 

"It is so moving to see their plight and so humbling and satisfying to realise that our help gives them hope for the future they otherwise would not have,” Mrs Hallam added. 

There will be a full weekend of events in addition to Stephen Collett’s exhibition at St Remigius in support of the Trust. This will include a social evening with music and refreshements on the Friday at 6.30 p.m. Throughout the weekend the church will be decorated for Harvest Festival and on Saturday afternoon there will be craft activities aimed at families and children.