South African township children's choir earns £970 in 90 minute busk
A South African township children's choir has earned almost £1,000 in a 90-minute busk in Bristol.
The 26 children aged 10-14, from Madadeni, were brought to the UK by the charity Project Zulu to help them raise funds for their school.
Bristolian families are hosting the children, including South African Bristol Rugby player Nick Koster who said it was "an honour".
The choir hopes to raise £20,000 to build three new classrooms.
They arrived in Bristol on 14 September for a four-week singing and dancing tour and have performed in Brighton, Eastbourne, Plymouth, Bath, Brecon and St Davids, as well as leading workshops in schools.
Project Zulu, a Bristol-based charity, arranges for choirs from South African townships to tour the UK, and was started by University of the West of England lecturer Ben Knight.
Mr Knight said the children and their teachers could "not believe" the amount of money donated during the busk in Bristol's city centre.
In total the donations came to £970. Mr Knight said there were "so many £10s and £20s in the pots" and added "this only happens when people are genuinely moved".
Nick Koster said: "As South Africans we have loved welcoming fellow South Africans into our home here in Bristol.
"Apartheid did terrible damage to the educational prospects of so many of our poorest young people and it's an honour to be able to support Project Zulu's work in supporting township primary schools."
Samukelisiwe, 12, who is staying with Mr and Mrs Koster, said: "They take good care of us. At home I share a room with my grandmother, but here we have a room to ourselves."
Mr Knight said the tour had raised £10,000 so far, and if the choir's gala concert at Bristol's Colston Hall on Tuesday sells out they could "make most of the remaining money" and reach their £20,000 target.