You don't have to fly halfway across the planet to help the children of northern Uganda, victimized by civil war. Instead, you can go to the Modesto High auditorium Saturday night to attend the Invisible Children Benefit Concert, with proceeds benefiting the Ugandan youth.
After hearing about the non-profit Invisible Children Project (www.invisiblechildren.com), concerned Modesto High School students took action. They started an Invisible Children's club at their school and are sponsoring the benefit concert.
Through the concert and other efforts, the group hopes to raise at least $10,000 for the cause.
The concert isn't just for teens. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. It will include an array of musical genres, ranging from alternative rock to indie rock, jazz rock and contemporary.
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"We will have something for everyone, with a variety of music," said Sarah Bostan, president of the school's Invisible Children Club. "We want people to walk away changed, and that's the whole reason we are doing the concert. The music is what gets people there, but the cause is what we want them to walk away with."
The concert will feature local bands Stop Motion Poetry, Unknown Statue and Alyssa Poppin. From out of town, there will be View from the Park, Without Tomorrow, Until April and Bidwell.
Funds raised will be used toward building schools and shelters for the young victims in Uganda. All proceeds made at the night of the event, including money made from concessions donated by businesses, will go straight toward the Invisible Children Organization.
"We are not keeping a dime of this money," Bostan said.
"I'm glad I can be a part of something that is contributing to others that are less fortunate," said Poppin, "and I think it is great that 100 percent of the proceeds are going towards this cause and I am really excited to play!"
For more information about the Invisible Children Benefit Concert or the Modesto High club go to: http://myspace.com/mhs_invisiblechildren.
Sasha Riddle is a junior at Beyer High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom journalism program.