African children's choir, hit by thieves in Vancouver, to perform in Kamloops tonight

By James Peters
April 15, 2019 - 10:50am Updated: April 15, 2019 - 11:37am

KAMLOOPS — A Ugandan children's choir will perform in Kamloops tonight as they begin recovering from a devastating theft in downtown Vancouver.

According to Global BC, the group had parked its van downtown Saturday (Apr. 13) and left it to go for lunch.

When they returned to the van, it had been hit by thieves.

WATCH: Global BC's Tanya Beja covered the theft over the weekend. (Video Credit: Global BC)

Nathan Leemburg is part of the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Kamloops. The church is hosting the choir tonight.

"[The thieves] had smashed into their van and took a bunch of their stuff — laptops and iPads and stuff — and about $8,000 in cash that they were raising to send kids to school in Uganda," said Leemburg.

The choir is performing in Edson, Alberta Wednesday and had only planned to stay in Kamloops as an overnight stopover.

Leemburg says it is performing as a thank-you to its hosts.

"They actually asked us, 'Hey, can we perform for you guys because we want to thank you for hosting us?' So we said, 'Yeah, you guys can do your thing.' We just found out this unfortunate incident in Vancouver happened to them."

Because the choir's fundraising proceeds were stolen, Leemburg says it is starting from scratch.

Kamloops-area residents who wish to take in the choir's performance and donate to the cause can attend the Lighthouse church at 702 Columbia St., Monday night (Apr. 15) at 6:30 p.m.

Otherwise, donations can be made through the choir's website. (Editor's note: An earlier version of the story contained a link to a different children's choir. It has now been corrected.)

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