by Louise Solomita
Belly dancing, freestyle rapping, and a Michael Jackson impersonation
were just a few of the acts students performed on January 22 at a talent
show in the D.B. Clarke Theatre.
It was the first of what promises to be an annual event organized by CASA
Cares, a division of Concordias Commerce and Administration Students
The performers, most of them Concordia students, demonstrated a wide variety
of talents and an overarching sense of dedication to a worthy cause. The
experience was so positive that it motivates us to do an even better job
next year, said Erika Maddoo, one of the shows organizers
and president of CASA Cares.
The student group organizes events to encourage student involvement and
generate money for donation to charity. Other CASA Cares activities include
a back-to-school barbecue, a bachelor auction and an annual fashion show.
Last weeks talent show raised $1,000 for the Club des Petits Dejeuners
du Quebec, which serves breakfast in primary schools located in underprivileged
areas across the province. We wanted to help a cause that was close
to home, Maddoo said.
The 150 people who attended the show were both supportive of the cause
and impressed by the diversity and quality of the entertainment. This
included a ribald stand-up comedy act by Deliso Chaponda and barbershop
and a capella songs by student band The Crew.
There were also a wide variety of dancing and musical acts; Maddoo and
fellow CASA Cares executive Evgueni Chaoulski closed the show with a sultry
Between acts, masters of ceremony Doug Bastien, Mandie Ciotucha, Simon
Khoury and Triffin Nankobogo kept the crowd laughing with antics and commentary,
even staging a mock audition panel cutely dubbed Concordian Idol.
After the show, Sisi Leboeuf, a co-ordinator for Le Club des Petits Déjeuners
du Québec, thanked the audience. Un gros merci, she
said from the stage, accompanied by a bleary-eyed little girl who was
awake long past her bedtime, Ça nous touche beaucoup.
Why do these busy students take on such challenges in addition to the
demands of schoolwork? Maddoo explained that working for charities is
rewarding in itself.
She also emphasized, however, that being involved with CASA is, above
all, a lot of of fun. The experience you get out of being part of
an association is fabulous, she said.
Members of CASA Cares is already hard at work on its annual fashion show,
scheduled for March. All proceeds will go to World Vision, an international
relief and development agency.