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Folk singer Tommy Sands tunes up for Romania fundraiser

Folk singer and songwriter Tommy Sands is giving a special concert at Whitehouse Presbyterian Church tonight to help raise funds for volunteers to build houses for needy people in Romania.

Some 20 volunteers from Whitehouse are joining others from across Northern Ireland to build 10 houses in Romania from October 2-9 this year as part of a Habitat For Humanity project called ‘Big Build 2010’.

The proceeds of the concert, which starts at 8pm, will go towards the project.

Tommy Sands was asked for help by a member of the Whitehouse Church fund-raising team, and details of the concert were agreed with him while he was on tour recently in the USA and Germany.

A spokesman for Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland said: “Building alongside families in need gives volunteers an opportunity to learn at first hand the need for decent housing, and it also challenges those who take part, by broadening their perspectives, developing their skills and changing their lives.”

Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland has provided support for Romania since 1976 when its programme began.

Since then, Habitat international has built more than 350,000 homes worldwide.

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