Friday, May 29, 2009

Life Haven Holds "Live Free" Concert

Life Haven will be holding a fundraising concert tomorrow, 8pm-May 30, entitled “Live Free” at Crossroad 77. The project will showcase talents of persons with disabilities in the performing arts. The main performer is the Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled Performance Art Troupe which will be joined by Filipinos with disabilities as well as mainstream bands that support their cause.

Other features include Ballroom Dancers on Wheelchairs of Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Rondalla on Wheels of Bahay Mapagmahal, and bands Juan Pablo Dream, Blue Jean Junkies, and Good Morning High Fives.

The press conference was held earlier at Trenza Salon along Mother Ignacia St. where the organization was introduced and the concert pitched.
Life Haven, Inc. (LHI) is a duly registered non-profit organization of persons with disabilities (PWD) with a mission to promote the Independent Living (IL) Philosophy. The IL movement started in the 70’s encouraging the restoration of self-confidence and self-respect of persons with disabilities, promoting active participation in and awareness of our inherent rights such as equal opportunities. The movement is striving for social change within the community that will result to a barrier-free society where persons with disabilities are successfully integrated in the community with equal rights and opportunities as those without disabilities.

It is also their dream to establish an IL center in the Philippines and have different centers across the archipelago as well to further promote their services such as:
• Advocacy
• Peer counseling
• Peer support group
• Peer visits
• Information dissemination
• Wheelchair assistance
• IL program

The Beautiful Gate Foundation (BGF) for the Disabled was established in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia in 1993. They provide accommodations, job trainings, education, recovery programs and various services including independent living programs and services to support persons with disabilities to live independently. The BGF Performance Art Troupe has proven their mettle as shown in their numerous performances like in states and cities throughout Malaysia, such as Sabah, Penang, and Kuala Lumpur.

Among others, the concert aims to
• To raise funds for IL activities and services
• To showcase the talents of PWDs in the performing arts
• To demonstrate the determination and desire of PWDs to live independently

Crossroad 77 is located at Mother Ignacia St., corner Scout Reyes St., Quezon City

For further inquiries about the project, please contact

Benjamin Bernandino
Project Director – Life Haven
Telephone No. 4433459
Mobile No. 09215793996
Or go direct to Life Haven Inc. located at 2189 M. de Leon St., Fortune Village 2, Gen. T. de Leon, Valenzuela City 1442. Telefax: +63 2 3520868 Their Email is

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