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The West Kootenay Friends of Refuges (WKFoR) recently hosted an intimate evening fundraising event at Kathy Moore’s home in Rossland.

The  Valhalla ArtsTrio with cellist, Johanne Perron, clarinetist Nicola Everton, pianist Suzanne Ruberg-Gordon and twelve year old Isabella D’Éloize Perron, delighted audiences with their mix of classical and contemporary chamber music.

The event was a success raising over $1,900 for the WKFoR. The WKFoR are currently raising $20,000 to sponsor two refugee families from Burma to resettle in Canada.

Refugees are those people who have fled their home country due to a well founded fear of persecution. After fleeing the repressive military regime in Myanmar which continues to persecute ethnic minorities, these two families are currently living in refugee camps in Malyasia, but they can not settle there permanently. Groups and individuals in Canada are able to apply to privately sponsor refugees who have been approved for resettlement to a third country. This is separate from the government’s regular immigration program. Private sponsorship enables more refugees resettle and start new lives.  

The funds that WKFoR are raising will go to supporting the families for their first year in Rossland. 

Isabella D’Éloize Perron with the trumpet violin. Nicola found this instrument on a bicycle journey in Burma.

Musicians and guests enjoying the evening.