Voice for the voiceless

Possible Dreams International (PDI) is a Melbourne based not-for-profit organisation currently working with 32 remote communities in Swaziland – a country with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the world.

Uniting Church member Maithri Goonetilleke, a Melbourne doctor who heads up PDI, has organised a series of concerts throughout Victoria featuring performances by the Possible Dreams International Choir.

In March the choir, made up of young Swazi people affected by HIV/AIDS, will tour Victoria, performing a series of concerts at schools and community organisations.

Dr Goonetilleke hopes by increasing awareness of issues facing rural Swaziland, lasting cross-cultural bonds will be created between the choir and audiences across Melbourne.

“Ten per cent of Swaziland’s population are orphan children and over two-thirds of the population live in extreme poverty facing malnutrition and endemic disease,” Dr Goonetilleke said.

“The aim of the tour is to use music and stories to build bridges of hope and awareness between young people living in rural Swaziland and Victoria.”

The concerts will be comprised of songs and personal stories shared by choir members and will highlight the humanitarian work PDI undertakes in Swaziland.

Concerts will be performed from 4 March throughout Victoria with the final concert being held at St Michael’s Uniting Church on Sunday 24 March.

For a full itinerary and more information on the PDI Choir tour please contact: Chelsea Peacock email: cpeacock@possibledreamsinternational.org

Phone: 0418 558 558

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