"Like many people we first met Sissy Fortuin and Dr Barry McQurk at one of their wonderful dinner shows in Oudtshoorn back in early 2014. My wife Carol and I loved everything about the evening especially the spine tingling voices and accomplished playing by Sissy, Barry and Joey complimented by sparkling conversation and delicious food.
We invited Barry and Sissy to stay with us when they were next in the UK and this happened later in 2014 with them putting on a performance for our friends in our garden which was enjoyed immensely.
Barry promised that on their next visit that they would put on a performance to a larger group to help raise funds for some of our local charities. Almost as soon as they had left I started to discuss the logistics of hosting a Charity Music Night at our local community hall. Many events are held at the hall and one of the popular nights is a country themed evening where the entertainment and food reflects a certain country.
Barry and Sissy returned to stay with us last July and true to their word they performed as "top of the bill" in our Charity Music Night and in their honour we decided to use South Africa as our theme, serving our guests Potjiekos on the night. As well as Barry and Sissy many local musicians and singers performed on the night and the evening was heralded as a great success, raising funds for 3 local charities.
Copies of Barry and Sissy's CDs were sold on the evening to raise funds for the charity they support, the St Luigi Scrosoppi Care Centre. In the end one of our local charities decided to divert some of the funds raised on its behalf for the benefit of St Luigi Scrosoppi Care Centre and this together with a personal amount has resulted in the recent £150 donation sent to the Care Centre.
Feedback from people who attended the Charity Music Night has been excellent with many appreciating the excellent talent of Sissy and Barry and hoping that they will return to entertain us once again.
I will end by saying that the St Luigi Scrosoppi Care Centre are extremely lucky to have such excellent ambassadors as Sissy and Barry raising funds on their behalf.