Six new playgrounds within two months!

July and August 2019 marked a huge milestone for Amira’s Gelukskinders foundation – 6 new playgrounds were opened!

These were very busy months for those involved in preparations, construction, and openings, but the results are astonishing and well worth all the efforts. Several hundred more children can now enjoy brand new equipment and playgrounds. They were all very enthusiastic and happy about it. Broad grins on their faces said it all!
As always, children received gifts made by Amira who was assisted by her family, friends, and fans attending the events. Joined by local young soloists, choirs, and well-known artists, Amira performed for the children and guests. She was also very eager to demonstrate how to use the equipment!
The sheer joy Amira exhibits when opening new playgrounds is contagious. We are all very proud of her and thankful for being a continuous inspiration to us! 

Below is the list of all six playgrounds. Follow the links for more details and photos.

No. 7 – Ourief Primary School, opened on July 22nd, 2019

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Fanday application reopened

For the past few months we had to close the registrations for the fan day, on November 30, due to the capacity in hotel Corsendonk Viane in Turnhout.
We have a deal with this hotel. During the weekend, three nights, you can spend the night at a reduced rate. The best way is to call the hotel is: (0032) 14889600 Please state the name Amira. The hotel indicates that it is full via the normal booking sites. So please do CALL.
Of course you are free to spend the night elsewhere if this is necessary.
The hotel has somewhat expanded its capacity so that even more fans can attend.
As from today it is again possible to get access to this special fan day.

If you have NOT ordered a concert ticket (December 1) and you also want to go to the fan day, you can go to this link:
https://www.gelukskinders.org/shop/Totaalpakket-Fandag-avondeten-en-concert-p138528552
Order your tickets there. Everything will be arranged for you.
This day starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. PROMPT! The artists need their rest.
A four-course dinner is also planned.
All three solo artists will be there. Marjolein AND Anne AND Amira.
They make their appearance around 5.15 pm.
A full program will follow. Sociability is paramount, for everyone.
For you fans and also the artists.
The fanday is dedicated to the maintenance fund of the Gelukskinders foundation.
That realy needs some extras.
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Classics 2019

On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th of July, Amira performed at the Classics 2019 concert.

Something the author of this story was looking forward to for a whole year.

To hear Amira sing live, there at that concert, was a great experience in previous editions. This time, however, it ran differently.

Amira performed “only” once, a solo, with a medley from the “Sound of Music”, a beautiful performance where Amira gave everything she had on both days.

No duet, no other song.

She was present at the Grease Medley, on the first evening. The second evening, she was in the line-up of all the artists at the beginning.

Both evenings, she was also at the line-up at the end of the concert.

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Fan day and Gelukskinders concert 2019

IMPORTANT NEWS

Anyone who has ordered a Fan Day package or a concert ticket should have now received an e-mail confirming this. It also states your seat at the concert. If you do not find this right away, look in your SPAM BOX. You should take this e-mail, printed out, to the Fan Day or concert. You will receive the official entry ticket there. The sender of this mail is nicohuizinga@hotmail.com.

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Amira and Tygerberg Children’s Choir

On April 16th, 2019, Amira performed with the Tygerberg Children’s Choir at Hoërskool Durbanville Auditorium, South Africa.

Here is the eyewitness report by Malcolm Norton. Oh, how we wish we had been there!

Last night a Force Ten {to the power of ten redoubled} tornado hit Cape Town leaving in its wake hundreds of socks blown off all the fortunate victims of its irresistible power. As a survivor I shall try to convey some impressions of the calamity. Calamitous, that is, for all those who weren’t afflicted by it, being far from the mouth- and eye-watering eye of the storm.

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Amira’s Birthday

On March 27th, Amira celebrated her 15th Birthday. What a party it has been.
A party in the 80’s style, celebrated amongst friends and family.

Now the proceedings from the action raised by fans on Facebook as well as here on this very webpage.
And of course, what gifts she received from her donors, fans
The proceeds !! € 12040 An unparalleled fantastic result. Everyone a big THANK YOU.
The gifts: A new monument. The monument that stands in Amira Park, unfortunately, has been considerably damaged by vandals. After two years of waiting for the municipality to restore this, we ourselves have taken the initiative to give her a well-deserved new monument. This is now, safely inside, in the Promosa school.

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Helmut Lotti & Amira in concert and other March performances

On March 21st, Amira joined Helmut Lotti on stage at the Sun Arena in Pretoria as a guest star.

Helmut Lotti performed a wide variety of songs, ranging from Elvis Presley’s covers to opera arias. Amira performed Nella Fantasia solo and then was joined by Helmut Lotti to create a stunning duet rendition of The Prayer (originally by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli). They were given a standing ovation and Helmut Lotti presented Amira with a beautiful flower bouquet!

Helmut Lotti, Amira and Didier Vanderhasselt, the Ambassador of Belgium

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Amira’s Birthday is at hand

On the 27th of March Amira will celebrate her 15th Birthday.
On the facebook fanpage a fund raiser has already started.
Two Birthday gifts and financing a new playground for the Ourief School.
See previous post. The children of that school can use a playground. What is there is old and not useable anymore.
It’s a fourstep plan. The gifts are not only beautiful but also useful and as we mean well deserved too.

On the 27th of March we will let all fans see what kind of a Birthday Amira gets from her fans.
There is already quite a big respons on this particular action.
You can help too!
By following this link:https://www.gelukskinders.org/shop/Amira-Verjaardag-2019-Birthday-p130142622


The foundation gelukskinders, therfor Amira too, will be very grateful.

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Top performance by Amira

An eyewitness report. By Gerhard Landman and Rob Louw.

Everyone was biting their nails when Amira and her mom got caught in rush hour traffic, on Friday the 8th of February. They only arrived at the church very late…. less than 90 minutes before the concert started, and Amira and Martin still had to rehearse together. But both of them being professionals, they successfully rehearsed in less than 30 minutes, and they were perfectly ready when the concert started.

         

I was at the concert of Martin Mans (Organist) at the NG Church in suburb of Waverly in beautiful Pretoria on Friday the 8th of February – where Amira Fever exploded again over all the citizens of the world – Amira was absolutely stunning in delivering her repertoire – she sang as solo the following songs – First half started with Hallelujah – then Gabriella’s Sang and then How Great Thou Art – she then went upstairs to the organ and Martin Mans – and she sang in duet with him one or two Afrikaans Folk songs – after the 30 minute interval her solo songs were Your Love (Morricone), then Nessun Dorma – Amira got a standing ovation for this – again she went upstairs to organ and Martin Mans and she sang Onse Vader (Our Father – Lords Prayer in Afrikaans) – then Amazing Grace then another Folk song and the evening finished off with Nella Fanatasia – so at least 10 songs by Amira – absolutely magical evening and I still can’t believe what I heard – she is the BEST Soprano in the world right now and simply delivers performances that are so out of this world that you struggle to find words to do justice to her – Amira Fever everywhere – and the fans are coming from all over the world to South Africa to get a taste of Amira LIVE in concert – you have to come!!!!!!

Picture credits: Martin Mans

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