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Combining festivity with charity

A group of youngsters in Panaji are raising funds for the needy by singing X-mas carols.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2005 13:06 IST

Combining festivity with charity, a group of youngsters were raising funds for orphanages, old age homes and children affected with HIV/AIDS in Goa, by singing Christmas carols.

"This is the right time to spread happiness. Hence we decided to sing Christmas carols at different places, raise money and disburse it among the needy", said 23-year old Angel, group co-ordinator of NGO 'Family Care Goa', comprising youths of foreign origin but staying in Goa.

Angel of Finland along with Emma, Elena and Vicky from Canada, JD from Denmark and Anthony from New Zealand, formed the musical troupe, that perform across the state.

"Annually we are doing 125 music shows with acoustics, throughout the state. During Christmas, we manage to get more shows and good price which can be distributed to needy people through our organisation," Angel told PTI.

Mapusa-based "Family care Goa" was formed seven years back.

"We try to motivate people through our music. We intend to make world a better place to live," Angel added.

Talking about their inspiration to take up the noble work, the young troupe narrated how after watching some heart- touching videos about the poverty in India in 1983, a teacher from Finland had decided to make a difference by dedicating her life to the cause of the poor children in Goa.

"It's not a sense of feeling pity for someone but it's a call of our conscience that makes us to work for the people who need help", Angel said.

First Published: Dec 24, 2005 13:06 IST