All was going well for Sawuti African Children’s Choir on its visit to Canada until it was robbed of all its belongings and money from a traveling vehicle.
With a clear objective to raise funds from over 100 performances on their tour in Canada, members of the Sawuti African Children’s Choir had plans of helping fellow underprivileged Ugandan children go to school.
Through their tour across Canada, the choir was traveling by a vehicle which police confirm was broken into on Saturday around midday downtown in Vancouver near West Pender Street and Abbott Street.
Approximately $8,000 bundled cash in a briefcase, two laptops, and an iPad were stolen by an unidentified person who smashed the car window, grabbed two bags inside the vehicle, and ran off.
The President of Seven Wells Ministries Canada which sponsored the choir’s tour, Doug Sadler, revealed what a heartbreaking loss it was.
His main concern was not only about the lost money but the computers which had the music, videos, and schedules which the children use for their performances.
One of the computers had personal files and photographs which belonged to Chris Sparks, the choir chaperone. His and the wife’s passports were also taken.
It is reported that the choir and the chaperones had little to do despite being in eyesight of the vehicle when the robbery happened.
The police in Vancouver have since started investigations about the theft but no arrests have been made yet.
The children’s choir will go on and perform at two more events in Metro Vancouver, before traveling to Kamloops and Edmonton next week.