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Benefit concert to aid Burqal’s family

Building Blocks Academy will host a benefit concert this evening at the Heritage Worship Centre in aid of the family of the late Bilal Furqan, acting student Waverley Moran and for the purchase of learning resources for the Academy, the Island’s first performing arts preschool.

Several performers will donate their time to the cause, including Lloyd Holder, Steven Easton, Big Snipes, McCartney Darrell, Zach Wilson, Serenity, who performed on the ‘Proud to Be Bermudian’ CD, Sia Spence and Geneman.

Tory Darrell, who runs the Academy with his wife McCartney, says tickets are going fast as excitement grows.

“It’s really picking up, the tickets were going slow at first but tickets are starting to move really quickly,” said Mr Darrell.

“People are getting excited about it and we’re excited to put it on. The artists are donating their time on behalf of the cause and we’re grateful to the church as well who are giving us the venue free of charge. It’s a spectacular venue.”

Mr Furqan, who died after a diving accident at Admiralty House beach last summer, had a close connection to Building Blocks Academy. As a carpenter he spent many hours of his spare time doing carpentry work at the Academy where the children’s woodwork area is dedicated in his memory. The children there fondly knew the father of four as ‘Bilal the Builder’.

Proceeds raised from the concert will also enable Moran, a student at Berkeley with a talent in acting, to go to an acting camp in Canada in the summer. “She’s a student of drama and theatre and has been accepted at a prestigious theatrical camp in Canada,” explained Mr Darrell.

Building Blocks Academy has 48 students and has an emphasis on drama, dance, music and art as well as academics. “We just did a show on January 21 and it blew the parents away,” said Mr Darrell. “Teachers are coming to Building Blocks and teaching in the field that they love and it is coming across in our performances.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets, priced $35, can be purchased at the door.

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Published March 24, 2012 at 9:22 am (Updated March 24, 2012 at 9:22 am)

Benefit concert to aid Burqal’s family

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