Alberta Girl Hosts Benefit Concert for Haiti

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Susanna Heystek, 11, knew she had to do something when she watched news of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. “I knew lots could be done, and I wanted to be a part of it,” she said.

Susanna and her parents, Neels and Dina Heystek, members of First Christian Reformed Church in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, organized a benefit concert— since Susanna plays the violin—and auction.

Neels and Dina said they were humbled by their daughter’s actions. “We became aware of God’s hand in leading us to deeper compassion for others through the faith and obedience of a child,” explained Dina.

Nearly 600 people attended the concert held at the church, raising almost $12,000 for a Christian school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the Red Cross.


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