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Red, green and golden celebrations for Zambia’s 50th

A day to stand and sing of a Zambia that is proud and free took place in Reading on Saturday, October 18.

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Tyndale Baptist Church in Shinfield was host to a day-long celebration of the country’s golden jubilee, dubbed Many Rivers To Cross.

Marked with songs, food and dancing, the event attracted more than 80 people including ex-pats, former missionaries, local leaders and members of the general public.

The day was moderated by Michael and Prudence Mazili Mwana, and included a special address by the Revd John Young, a former missionary to Zambia. It opened with a stirring rendition of the Zambian national anthem, which speaks of people joining together as one, strong and free.

Guests and friends of Zambia were presented with souvenir flags and members of the Zambian community sang solo songs or danced; resplendent in colours based on Zambia’s flag, they brightened up an overcast day.

After the service, a meal was shared featuring many delicacies from Zambia and the assembled could network and party with each other.

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A collection was held during the day for GOLD – Golden Opportunity Links for Development. The charity aims to alleviate extreme poverty in Zambia and elsewhere, as well as helping in the personal development of Zambians. It has been set up by Michael and Prudence Mwanza and through sponsorship it works on education, health and nutrition, shelter, clean water, recreational activities, social welfare and empowerment.

Tyndale itself was decorated with green, red, black and gold ribbons and balloons, adding to the festive appeal.

For more details on the work of GOLD, email gold4zambia@live.com.