Gabriolans Rock whilst Raising Funds for School Orchards in Tanzania

Linda George

Tuesday, March 21 2017

Enjoying a cabaret and tapas, Gabriolans are again going to come together in support of planting school orchards in rural regions of Tanzania. 

Held at The Roxy Lounge at Twin Beaches on Sunday, April 2nd, the cabaret will feature the powerhouse vocalists, Adena and Heather Macleod. Heather and Adena are a mother daughter team who have sung together for many years. Enjoying Blues, Jazz and Gospel genres, they blend the musical style in solo and vibrant harmonies.

A small islands initiative, School Orchards Africa Society is based out of Thetis Island with strong connections to Gabriola and Salt Spring Island. On Gabriola, Linda George is a director with experience in Greening Schoolgrounds in BC schools. She helps out with some of the educational and practical aspects of planting orchards. Doug Harrison is an avid supporter and has donated the rights to one of his lively a west coast marine paintings. Ravenskill Orchards, known for their old fashioned Gabby’s Cider, have kindly donated their attractive barn and grounds for various fundraising events. There is a natural connect between the orchards in Tanzania and Ravenskill and an exchange of pruning knowledge.

The society was developed after Maureen and Wayne Loiselle visited Tanzania and saw the improverished schools and living conditions the beautiful children were exisiting in. Distraught, yet hopeful that they could make a change, they spoke with local Tanzanians who suggested that they plant orchards on school grounds. AND, plant they did!