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Party in Park nets £2400

PUBLISHED: 19:41 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:33 12 July 2010

THE Diss Proms in the Park event has raised £2400 towards a Far East tour by the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band.

Organisers Diss & District Rotary Club were given the good news by Richard Pither who said the money will shortly be given to the band's leader, Mike Booty, to help with the tour's costs.

THE Diss Proms in the Park event has raised £2400 towards a Far East tour by the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band.

Organisers Diss & District Rotary Club were given the good news by Richard Pither who said the money will shortly be given to the band's leader, Mike Booty, to help with the tour's costs.

The initial impetus was a fund raising event by the Band after the 2004 Far East tsunami. Over £1,500 was raised quickly from a special concert supported by Diss Rotary Club and this was an important contribution towards a new Community Development Centre for the village of Ban Naam Kem in southern Thailand. It was part of a large scale reconstruction of the area where half the population perished and most of the village was destroyed.

The Band will now visit the village to see first hand how the area has recovered and perform for the orphaned children and community.

At the invitation of Rotary District Governor for Malaysia and Singapore, the Band is extending its original trip to give musical workshops and concerts with children in Kota Kinabalu and Singapore. More than 50 young people from the Band will be making the trip as part of a total group of about 70 people.


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