Recycled Orchestra performs here May 11

A group of teenagers playing instruments made from trash found on a landfill in Asuncion, Paraguay is coming to Canada to raise funds to create a better future for their community.

Global Family Foundation, a Canadian Christian charity, is hosting The Recycled Orchestra for a cross-Canada tour this April and May with events in churches, including one in Abbotsford.

The tour will raise awareness and funds to build a community education centre in Cateura, home of The Recycled Orchestra and considered one of the poorest slums in South America.

More than 2,500 families live directly by the landfill, picking garbage to find sellable or recyclable goods.

Turning metal drums, oil cans, spoons, copper pipes, wire and bottle caps into cellos, violins, guitars and flutes, The Recycled Orchestra is proving that despite their circumstances, the community has something beautiful to offer.

After meeting with stakeholders and families in Cateura, Global Family Foundation has committed to co-invest with the community to build a Community Education Centre and start a scholarship fund so youth in the area have a have a chance to get a quality education.

All concerts are free of charge, with a freewill donation going toward the construction of the centre and scholarship fund.

Visit globalfamilyfoundation.ca/about-us/ for more information.

The Recycled Orchestra appears on the following dates:

Thursday, May 8, with Calvin Dyck and the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, at the Broadway Community Church, 46611 Maple Ave., Chilliwack, 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 11, with Calvin Dyck and the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, at the Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Road, Abbotsford, 3 p.m.

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