Christmas event for less fortunate kids

by Desy Nurhayati on 2013-12-13

Members of the community are invited to share the joy of Christmas Day with some 200 less fortunate local children in a charity event this Sunday.

At the “Xmas Fun Day” to be held at 3V Kerobokan Villa, the children will get special presents from the guests and the proceeds of the ticket sales will be donated for projects to help disadvantaged families in Bali.

“The idea is to enable the participating children to share Christmas joy with the less fortunate kids by bringing presents for them and creating a memorable day,” said Robert Epstone from the Solemen Indonesia Foundation, which will organize the event with 3V and Party Corner Bali.

Some 200 children from the local community and schools are expected to attend, including around 80 underprivileged children and those with special needs from Foundation for the Education of Disabled Children (YPAC), as well as children in the care of the Bali Children’s Project (BCP), Bali Children’s Foundation (BCF), Anak-Anak Bali (Bali Kids), Sunrise School and a number of children being looked after and supported by Solemen.

The event will be open to the public, with a ticket price of Rp 100,000 (US$8.35) per child and free entry for accompanying adults. Tickets have been on sale since Thursday.

“We are asking the guests to bring unisex presents, so it’s easier to distribute them, as the presents will be wrapped up,” Epstone said.

The children will also have fun with their less fortunate peers in various fun games, including face painting, swimming, Christmas card making, craft activities, a martial arts demonstration, a clown, a magician, Christmas carols, ballerinas and a raffle. There will also be things to buy, created by children from YPAC and Bali Kids.

Santa Claus will be coming to give a prize to the winner of “the best letter to Santa” competition. He will make a surprise grand entrance some time on the sidelines of the games and performances.

In addition to the event, a fundraising concert of renowned US soul singer, Carlton J. Smith, will be held to celebrate Christmas and New Year, with part of the proceeds going to Solemen’s projects to help the disadvantaged.

The concert will be the headline performance for the Christmas Eve Party at Centerstage, Hard Rock Hotel Bali on Dec. 24.

Since 2002 Carlton has produced, hosted and performed in R&B/Soul Revues in New York City’s world-renowned B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

Initially a one-show deal, his first performance sold out and inspired the club to book him monthly for a series of tributes to stars including Al Green, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Sly & The Family Stone, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye.

“This concert experience is not to be missed, because he elegantly manages the audience with unstoppable energy and shout-out interactions, making them ask for more every time he performs anywhere in the world,” said Fandy Lo, Hard Rock Hotel Bali assistant marketing communication manager.

“We will donate a percentage of the proceeds of this concert to Solemen, to benefit underprivileged families in Bali,” he told Bali Daily.  

As part of the charity project, Carlton will also entertain the audience with his renowned singles at the SOS rooftop bar and restaurant at Anantara in Legian on New Year’s Eve. He will also perform at The Rock Bar Ayana on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

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