Concert raises funds for Syrian children

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The recent concert “Panama for the Syrian children” an initiative of the Music For Life International Organization, that took place at the City of Knowledge Ateneo theatre on June 4 managed to raise $7,460 that will be used to support UNICEF’s efforts to satisfy the immediate needs of war-stricken Syrian boys and girls.

The event was organized by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Program, the City of Knowledge Foundation and the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Network Fund, the Bern Group Hotels and the Religions Global Network in favor of Childhood. More than 450 people attended the concert.

The renowned pianist George Mathew and Mark Kuss delighted the audience Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Josef Haydn’s Symphony No 104 and The Schubert F Minor Fantasy ended the presentation. The Children’s Orchestra of the Panama School of Music, a national program, representing the Children of Panama, presented a moving performance in support of the Children of Syria.

Speakers at the event included Dr. Jorge Arosemena, Executive Director of the Fundacion Ciudad del Saber, Freddy Justiniano, Regional Director of UNDP LAC, Nadine Perrault, Senior Advisor for Child Protection, UNICEF TACRO and George Mathew, Artistic Director of Music for Life International.

Four national level interfaith leaders including the Right Rev. Julio Murray, Episcopal Bishop of Panama; His Holiness Imam Mohammed El-Sayyed, Imam of the Islamic Center of Colón, Panama; Rev. Hector Quíros, of the Catholic Diocese of Panama City; and Baha’i Representative, Ms. Aurora Franco, offered prayers for peace at the event.

The circuit of humanitarian concerts “For the Syrian Children” began in Panama on June 4 and will finish at the Carnegie Hall of New York of January 2014.

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