A fundraising event will take place May 14 at South Delta Baptist Church that will bring the communities of Ladner/Tsawwassen together in a combined effort to help victims of war-torn Ukraine.
I Just Want to be Free is a song from the musical Pier 21 produced by Ladner resident Allen Desnoyers in 2019. Tragically, the theme of the musical parallels the current world situation in an incredible way.
A presentation of Pier 21 on May 14 is supported by The City of Delta, Delta Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, churches, South Delta Secondary schools (plus Sacred Heart Elementary and Southpoint Academy) and others, all taking part in this united endeavour to assist victims of a devastated country. Event proceeds will go to Delta Ukraine Refugee Support.
Desnoyers brought history to light when he memorialized the arrival of two Ukrainian sisters who entered Canada through gateway Pier 21, Halifax, between 1928 and 1971.
The song-based storyline continues to remind audiences across Canada of the displaced (many from the Ukraine) who fled the horrors of the Soviet Union during The Second World War.
“A repeat performance of Pier 21 in South Delta in 2022 requires many hands,” event co-ordinator Anthony Hanna said.
And he has nothing but praise for the performers, staff and volunteers whose donation of time and talent is enabling the forthcoming event to generate the maximum revenue for refugee support in Delta.
Purchase of tickets represents an important portion of the fundraiser. Also, a volunteer located in the church lobby, will be available to accept additional contributions and issue charitable donation receipts. Should there be excess funds beyond the proposed Delta refugee transition pre-requisites, the balance will be forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on May 14. The performance begins at 7:30.
Tickets are $30, available through Eventbrite.ca by typing “Pier 21” in the search bar.