Saturday's Jamnesty South Africa Concert Connects J Term Program, Campus

May 14, 2010

Jamnesty South Africa will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 in Stack Lounge, Dewar Union on the Hartwick College campus. The annual benefit concert is sponsored by the Hartwick chapter of Amnesty International and the Office of Community Involvement and Volunteerism.

Performers for this year’s event include The Stamp Collectors, Micah Resney and Eric Lenge, and The City Never Sleeps. Event coordinators will continue the tradition of roasting Ethiopian coffee and performing an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

Jamnesty began in 2008 through the combined efforts of Lisa Sampson ’09, Hilary Fannin’10, and Breda Smith ’10. After Sampson’s semester abroad at the Alem Children Support Foundation in Ethiopia, Fannin and Sampson decided to plan a benefit concert to assist the foundation’s goals. The event also was an awareness campaign concerning human rights issues in Ethiopia.

A successful evening of live music, food, and fun raised $300 for the foundation. The following year, Jamnesty Thailand raised $500 for the Thai-Akha Ministries Foundation.

Jamnesty South Africa will benefit the Putalashaka School in Johannesburg and the Koningsdal Orphanage. Fannin and Smith, co-founders of Hartwick’s Amnesty International chapter, developed a connection with these organizations after visiting them during a January Term program to South Africa earlier this year.

All proceeds go directly to the school and the orphanage, which do so much with so little,” Fannin said. “Any bit we can do helps children achieve a better future.”

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $3 at the door and refreshments will be provided.

By Alicia Walstad '10

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