Valley teens sing for Somalia |

Valley teens sing for Somalia

by Caryn Haller

After Emily Morris, 16, watched a news program on the famine in Africa, her first thought was, “I can do something about this.”

The Minden resident has organized a fundraiser through the World Food Program called, “Sing for Somalia” 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Comma Coffee in Carson City. A $5 donation is suggested.

Emily and nine other local teen musicians will present a mini concert comprised of a variety of musical styles.

“Not only is it a good way to support the arts community, but it will be a fun event,” Emily said. “There’s going to be country, pop, rock and original songs which I like because it shows the talent in the Valley.”

During the concert, Red Cups will be passed, and change will be collected to help feed hungry children both in school programs in Kenya and refugee camps in Somalia. One filled cup will be enough money to feed two children in Africa for one year.

“It will be a great way to make a difference and make a change,” Emily said.

Emily’s goal is to raise $200, and fill at least 10 cups.

According to the World Food Programme website, the number of people now in need of food relief due to drought, conflict and high food prices in Somalia is approximately four million – or more than half of the country’s population.

Comma Coffee is located at 312 South Carson Street, Carson City.

For more information check the Facebook page “Sing for Somalia Fundraiser.”