Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Children's choir will help raise awareness of AIDS


They'll sing, they'll dance, they'll enchant.

The Children of the World: International Children's Choir will share its talents and personal stories at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The group's visit is part of a 10-month tour of the United States to raise awareness of the plight of children whose lives have been affected by the AIDS pandemic.

"They put on an entertaining, energizing, inspiring performance," said Chris Kirk, associate pastor of the church. "It will be an eye-opener to what is really happening on the other side of the world.

"There are things going on we can't even begin to imagine."

The choirs — there are three performing across the nation — perform for schools, churches and organizations such as Focus on the Family and Disney World.

The 13 little charmers slated for the Palm Harbor stage are ages 7 to 12 and come from Guatemala, Uganda and Nepal. They'll don native costumes and sing in English and native languages.

A special video presentation will help explain the crisis these children — and another 15-million, according to the group's press release — are facing because of AIDS.

The children are orphaned or greatly disadvantaged because their families have either died or cannot take care of them, but they are not up for adoption.

Tiffany Hailston, the choir's director, explained that the choirs are traveling to raise awareness and money to build "villages of hope" for needy children in their native countries.

"Each home will house 12 children and their caretaker, and four homes will make up a village," she said.

The goal of World Help, the nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization sponsoring the choirs, is to provide housing, medical care, food, clothing, education and spiritual guidance for as many as "1-million children affected by AIDS," she said.

Terri Bryce Reeves can be reached

If you go

In concert

What: World Help presents Children of the World: International Children's Choir.

Where: Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, 1551 Belcher Road.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday.

Cost: The program is free, but an offering will be taken and there will be additional opportunities to sponsor children.

For more information: Visit or call the church at (727) 785-7487. For information on World Help, visit or call toll-free, 1-800-541-6691.

Children's choir will help raise awareness of AIDS 01/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 15, 2009 4:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lost Highway: As FHP struggles to recruit, speeding tickets plummet

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The number of speeding tickets written by Florida state troopers has plunged three straight years as the agency grapples with a personnel shortage and high turnover.

    A Florida Highway Patrol Academy class in the late 1980s. Typically, graduating classes had about 80 recruits. But the most recent class has less than half that as the agency continues to struggle to fill vacancies. [

Florida: Highway Patrol]
  2. Kidpreneurs — and adults — capitalize on gooey, squishy Slime craze


    First it was Play-Doh. Then Gak. There have been dozens of variations for sale of the oozy, gooey, squishable, stretchable kids' toy through the generations.

    Aletheia Venator and Berlyn Perdomo demonstrate the stretchiness of their slime. - Berlyn Perdomo and her friend, Aletheia Venator, both 13, make and sell slime which can be seen on their instagram site @the.real.slimeshadyy [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  3. After last year's drug-related deaths, Tampa's Sunset Music Festival says it's stepping up safety, security

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Alex Haynes worked three jobs. He had a fiance and an infant son. He owned his own home in Melbourne. Last summer, the 22-year-old attended the Sunset Musical Festival at Raymond James Stadium.

    He left in an ambulance.

    Last year’s Sunset Music Festival was marked by dozens of medical emergencies.
  4. What you need to know for Friday, May 26


    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    Read this morning why Florida's most prized sweet corn is nearly extinct. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. The last farmer of Florida's prized Zellwood corn is thinking of packing it in


    MOUNT DORA — Hank Scott steps out of his pickup between the long rows and snaps off an ear that grows about bellybutton-high on the forehead-high stalks.

    Hank Scott, co-owner of Long and Scott Farms, shucks an ear of corn on the farm in Mount Dora, Fla., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The farm specializes in Scott's Zellwood Triple-Sweet Gourmet Corn. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times