In Concert for Cambodia (IC4C) was founded in 2006 by 13-year-old Ottawa violinist, Laurent Côté, to help children and youth in need in Cambodia. In recognition for his initiative, Laurent received the 2009 Ontario Youth Philanthropist Award. Since then, IC4C has attracted successive groups of outstanding young musicians and organizers, who continue to raise funds, through concerts, to support The Peaceful Children’s Homes in Cambodia.
IC4C’s Honorary Patron is the internationally renowned Canadian pianist, Janina Fialkowska, O.C. The IC4C Coordinator is Flora Liebich, who worked in Cambodia with the Canadian International Development Agency and first visited the Homes in 1998. The current IC4C Youth Coordinator is 27-year-old Kyle Burghout (B.Mus, University of Ottawa, 2015), a talented violinist and fiddler who is a North American Irish Fiddle Champion. Past Youth Coordinators include Nicolas Côté and Basia Walczak.
In 2015 In Concert for Cambodia received the Prix de Reconnaissance Expérience Asie , awarded to Canadians for outstanding contributions to culture or humanitarian work in Asia. In 2019, IC4C received a Certificate of Honour in recognition for its work at Vesak Day at Ottawa City Hall.
IC4C recognizes its past and present volunteers : Vicky Barham, Antoine Côté, Yannis Fainecos, Raija Hilska, Jerry Jones, Ela Kinowska, Cathy Mains, Somunin Nhean, Birgit Nielsen, Carol Nixon, Mary Prum, Maria Walczak, Staś Walczak, Gina Watson, and Cezary Zych. Special thanks go to our home concert hosts, Liz and Scott Heatherington, as well as John Royle and Huguette Voyer.
IC4C would like to recognize the generous contributions of Tisarana Buddhist Monastery in Perth, Ontario.
Since 2006, IC4C has raised over $7,000 per year for the nutritional, health and educational needs of the children and young people at the Homes. In terms of tangible results, IC4C has facilitated emergency medical care for the children, promoted self-reliance in food and agriculture, and even provided solar panels for electricity. IC4C supports the Homes’ emphasis on education; our donations have allowed eleven outstanding young Cambodians from the Homes, including five girls, to graduate from university in medicine, law, agriculture, management and accounting. Currently, IC4C is supporting four other university students, including two girls. At the same time, IC4C support to the Homes has created a meaningful link between Canadian youth and their counterparts in a country still facing signifcant development challenges.
We encourage you to support this worthwhile cause, by attending our concerts or through online donations.
For its first 12 years, IC4C held its annual fund-raising concert at MacKay United Church in Ottawa. In 2018, IC4C moved to a “home concert” format in Ottawa and Montreal, with IC4C musicians available to perform at private or professional functions. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, IC4C has been holding concerts online. When the virus situation improves, please contact us if you would like to host an IC4C concert or if you would like IC4C musicians to play at your private or corporate event.
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Donate to IC4C!
All proceeds go towards the food, health and educational needs of children and young people at The Peaceful Children's Home in Cambodia, as well as to supporting their response to COVID-19.
WAYS TO DONATE:
By Interac e-Transfer, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
By cheque, sent to 213 Crichton St, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1M 1W3
By credit card, through our online store (Please note that using this method, 3% of your donation is lost to service fees, so we encourage you to donate by e-Transfer or cheque whenever possible)
Please note that tax receipts are not available at this time.