News

Choir sings sponsor family praises

Watoto Choir member, Peter Sebatta, met up with his sponsor family during the choir's visit to the Calvary Christian Church at Tanawha. Peter is pictured with Cathy Briggs, right, and her children Laura and Jake Briggs.
Watoto Choir member, Peter Sebatta, met up with his sponsor family during the choir's visit to the Calvary Christian Church at Tanawha. Peter is pictured with Cathy Briggs, right, and her children Laura and Jake Briggs. Brett Wortman

THE SMILES on their faces proved they were family as they embraced for the first time.

Cathy, Laura and Jake Briggs met 12-year-old Ugandan orphan Peter Sebatta yesterday ahead of the Watoto Choir's final Sunshine Coast performance.

"I'm so excited, this is the first time to see my sponsors," Peter said.

"I used to pray every day so I can meet some of my sponsors and I'm so excited."

The Briggs family has sponsored Peter for almost two years and was thankful his involvement in the choir over the past year gave them the opportunity to meet him.

"When you start sponsoring a child you only see their face and get letters every now and again, but to see them in real life and see a cool kid growing up, it's pretty worthwhile," Jake said.

"I'm more excited than anything, sponsoring him for two years, never actually had a conversation with him, so to actually meet him in real life is great."

Watoto tour leader Robert Sendegeya said sponsor children often had a chance to meet their sponsor family while the choir was on tour.

"It's such an awesome moment when you get to meet a person you've never seen before and have been supporting them. It's the same thing for the children, getting to meet the person helping them to become better," he said.

"It blesses our hearts for us to be able to see the people out there who have hearts, not only for their own, but have hearts for the rest of the world that they're compassionate and we're able to put faces to the names. It's special for us too, knowing that is a person making a difference in our lives.

"In doing that they're helping us raise them to become leader. It's exciting."

The Watoto choir closed its five-show Coast tour last night at Calvary Christian Church, Tanawha, before heading to New Zealand.

 

-

Topics:  family, music, watoto children's choir


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Baden-Clay decision shows appeal judges are 'out of touch'

Citing the Court of Appeal’s decision to downgrade Gerard Baden-Clay’s (pictured) murder conviction to manslaughter, Judge Clive Wall says “too much emphasis” is placed on offenders by the Court of Appeal.

Judge says some colleagues are touch with victims, community.

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

Driver assaulted, threatened with knife before being robbed

Thieves stole wallet and laptop computer from motorist

Local Partners

WATCH: Police release CCTV footage of Goodna robbery

Masked men armed with large hammer hold up store

Greyhound trainer has to fight for Lockyer Valley property

Greyhound trainer Tom Noble has been banned for life after the live baiting controversy.
Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

Hearing for greyhound trainer to fight for Lockyer Valley property.

Baden-Clay decision shows appeal judges are 'out of touch'

Citing the Court of Appeal’s decision to downgrade Gerard Baden-Clay’s (pictured) murder conviction to manslaughter, Judge Clive Wall says “too much emphasis” is placed on offenders by the Court of Appeal.

Judge says some colleagues are touch with victims, community.

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

Driver assaulted, threatened with knife before being robbed

Thieves stole wallet and laptop computer from motorist

Who says there are no killers in the river?

No Caption

Bull sharks plentiful in popular swimming locations

Woman's $400 fine for late night 'white trash' street row

court generic

Teen's job keeps her out of trouble, court hears

Four taken to hospital after crash near school

Queensland Ambulance Service on scene of an accident.  Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Four females injured in two vehicle crash

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.