The annual Praise Dance Festival took place earlier this summer with a diverse Christian audience celebrating their love of Jesus with hugely uplifting music and dance at St Swithun’s Church in Bournemouth. Having chosen YMCA Bournemouth as their charity partner, on 8th August the organisers, the Redeemed Christian Church of God – New Beginning Chapel, presented the charity with a cheque for £3000.
Choirs performing at the event, which took place on 23rd June, included RCCG Royal Crew Bournemouth, New Creation Life Ministries Praise Team and Living Tabernacle Choir Bournemouth.
Henrietta Osikoya, the church’s pastor, said: “We chose a charity that supports vulnerable people to reach their full potential in life. As Christians, we are called to feed the hungry and to help the vulnerable people around us, showing the love of Christ to all we come in contact with. We are showing this by choosing to raise money and donate towards the work of YMCA Bournemouth.”
YMCA Bournemouth Director of Fundraising, Martin Stockley, said: “Our sincere thanks to the New Beginning Chapel. The demand on our services in the local area, whether it’s providing accommodation and support for the homeless or essential services for local young people and families, has risen significantly in recent years. The money raised will make a real difference to people’s lives.”