Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, El Ndoye is collecting items and raising funds for The Forgotten Children, a non-profit formed by the Oro Valley bank branch manager to aid the street children of his native Senegal.

The third annual “Afri-Can” celebration takes place Friday, April 18, at Armory Park Center in Tucson.

The event is a fun, family friendly celebration of Africa, featuring popular African Reggae/Afro-Pop Band K-Bass and Farafina Musiki.

There will also be stand-up comedy with Robert Linden, a dance presentation with Arizona’s “Dancing in the Streets”, a performance by singer Kaylie Foster and a variety of foods donated by some top local restaurants.

A silent auction and raffle will be available.

All proceeds, after expenses, go to The Forgotten Children, www.theforgottenchildren.org, a local nonprofit organization that provides a home for homeless orphans in Senegal, Africa.

“There are over 100,000 homeless children under the age of 10 in Senegal,” said Elijah Ndoye, president of Forgotten Children. “They have no shelter, no family, no education and there are no resources to help them. We decided to make a difference and we felt the best way to raise money to help these kids is to do something everyone will really enjoy. A true celebration of life.”

The organization has successfully built a home, sent supplies of food, clothing and health supplies for the children.

The event will be held at Armory Park Center Ballroom, 220 South 5th Ave.

The concert will be between 6 and 9 p.m. Tickets sold at the door are $10 12 and older, and $5 for children under the age of 12.

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