Light up the life of a Refugee Child!

A concert by children to highlight the plight of refugee children around the world

The 2016 Light up the Life of a Refugee Child concert, held on 10 November, was a huge success for both RIJ and the participating schools. The beautiful venue at St Mary’s International School was packed with more than 300 guests. We all enjoyed a night of music, song and dance as our MCs, Ken Yokokawa and Hana Van Alstine, shared stories of projects and people that have benefited from RIJ funding.

Performances by St Mary’s International School, Seisen International School, and British School in Tokyo entertained the guests throughout the night with various pieces and performances from their choirs, ensembles, samba bands, and dance groups.

In the foyer, guests were free to mingle and get refreshments while visiting the various stands, some of which offered jewellery, greeting cards, pottery, and dolls. International School of the Sacred Heart, once again, provided the incredible hand crafted pottery that was up for donation. 

Showa Shell was an important sponsor of the event as their contribution covered the costs of the evening and ensured that all on-door donations directly benefit refugees. It was definitely a night of fun, but also generosity. The amount raised provides pens, paper, books and other school items for more than 100 Syrian refugee children attending preschool in Lebanon.

It was indeed a “concert for children by children”.

You can view the full concert on Youtube:

The previous concert in 2014 was held at the Blue Rose Hall in Suntory Hall.

The concert was expertly MC’d by Yunji Hwang and Corine Shimazu who entertained the audience with stories about RIJ projects and children who have benefited from RIJ funding.

There were performances by St Mary’s International, British School in Tokyo, Junten Junior High School and Seisen International School 
It was an evening of music, singing, dancing, hand bells and a brass orchestra.
So much talent from children of all ages.

Students from the International School of the Sacred Heart raised funds in the foyer with beautiful ceramics produced by fellow students and St Mary’s School students were on hand to welcome guests and guide them.

There was lots of energy and lots of fun!