Well done Batala!

LOCAL SAMBA BAND HELPS THE NEEDY IN HAITI  IN COLLABORATION WITH LIVERPOOL ONE

A few weeks after Haiti was hit by an earthquake that left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands in a dire situation, Batala Liverpool, a non-profitmaking community project, decided to use its music to help those in need.

Upon contacting Liverpool ONE the band was  promptly allowed to parade and collect donations throughout the streets of Liverpool ONE from 1pm – 4pm last Saturday (30th  January 2010). The performance attracted crowds of thousands  and in just three hours, donations exceeded £3200.

“We regularly invite Batala to play at Liverpool ONE and the response from our shoppers is always really positive.  When they contacted us to ask if they could collect for Haiti we didn’t hestitate to get involved and are genuinely overwhelmed by the amount raised, which is testiment not only to the popularity of Batala but also the big-hearted nature of the people of Liverpool.”  Said Estate Director Chris Bliss.

Ritchie Tunstall,Musical Director of Batala Liverpool commented: “I couldn’t believe the generosity of everyone on Saturday.We only had two buckets and had to keep stopping to empty them out and start all over again. I’m really proud of our players for their spirit and energy that day.We hope to do more fundraising like this in collaboration with Liverpool ONE in the future to help other worthy causes and people in need”.

Batala Liverpool Community Samba Band would like to thank the people of Liverpool for being so giving on Saturday afternoon during the parade.