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ST. PETER’S: A variety concert featuring local musicians was held at the St. Peter’s Lions Hall on Sunday, September 25.

This is the ninth year that the St. Peter’s Lions Club has organized a fundraising concert in support of the day programs at L’Arche Cape Breton. Several talented singers and musicians very generously shared their time and talent on Sunday afternoon for a large and appreciative audience.

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L’Arche is an international organization, founded by Canadian Jean Vanier, creating home and work lives for people who have developmental disabilities.  In Cape Breton, L’Arche operates six homes for 25 men and women with disabilities, as well as 20-25 live-in staff who support them. The day programs at L’Arche provide employment for all the residents, as well as numerous individuals with disabilities who live with their families or with other service providers. These programs include a craft studio, two used clothing stores, a summer day camp for youth, a café and bakery, and an organic garden.

None of these valuable programs receive any government support despite being widely recognized as some of the best employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Nova Scotia.

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As the only rural L’Arche community in North America, and existing in an economically challenged region of the country, L’Arche Cape Breton has some unique considerations when it comes to fundraising. In the face of these challenges, the support of the  St. Peter’s Lions Club has been a tremendous help to the L’Arche community, in particular to the unfunded day programs.

L’Arche Cape Breton sincerely appreciates the generosity of St. Peter’s Lions Club, the talented musicians and all those who came out to the concert.