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Breedlove taking her ‘act’ to Africa

Haley Breedlove will volunteer at a Johannesburg orphanage. - Midweek photo
Haley Breedlove will volunteer at a Johannesburg orphanage.
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Teenager Haley Breedlove wants to use her music to make a difference.

This summer the 18-year old young woman, from Alert Bay, will get the chance when she travels to South Africa to give music lessons to orphans.

Breedlove is an experienced performer and advocate who has spoken at schools about bullying and violence. In 2007 and 2008, Haley visited 44 schools, talked and sang to hundreds of students with her very positive message.

In 2007 Breedlove was named Vancouver Island Youth Artist of the Year and in 2008 received A Channel’s Amazing Kid award.

She recorded her first album at age 13 and has just completed her second recording in Nashville.

Breedlove considers herself to be very fortunate to have opened for such artists as Gary Fjellgard, Valdy and The Wilkinsons. She has performed many times at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival and performed at the Canadian Country Music Awards kickoff party held in Vancouver in 2009.

This year she is taking the show abroad. This summer Breedlove will volunteer at Malaika Orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The orphanage was established six years ago and was created for underprivileged children. The centre now helps 197 children in the Johannesburg area. The orphanage survives off local and international support and generosity and focuses on basic physical needs, daycare, emotional support and education about HIV/AIDS.

The orphanage recently had a large number of instruments donated and Breedlove will be directing a program for the children called the Brass Band Project.

Breedlove is hoping to raise $5,000 to cover her flight and expenses while in South Africa from June 1 to Sept. 1.

Any funds over $5,000 would benefit the orphanage. She is also hoping to take toiletries, clothes and toys with her for the children. Over the next few months, Breedlove will host coffee houses, burger nights and other events to raise the funds. To donate or for more information on Breedlove’s adventure and the Malaika Orphanage see http://breedloveadventure.blogspot.com/ or contact at haleybreedloveafrica@gmail.com.

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