I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver ~Maya Angelou
VIDEA / UKULAPHA 2016 FUNDRAISER SPECTACULAR!
Held this year at the beautiful UNION CLUB in Victoria, BC., on October 13, 2016, this event held true to it's promise and was a wonderful evening of heartwarming collaboration, wonderful jazz, spectacular live and silent auction items, delicious appetizers and full course carving station, as well as beautiful South African Handmade artisan jewellery available for purchase. With a sellout crowd of 160 supporters, the room was a buzz of excitement, warmth and positive energy.
Rounding out the evening was an informative slideshow presentation by Carolyn Burns (Founder of Ukulapha Community Outreach), with updates of how far this grassroots project has come, the ongoing projects in the Slangspruit Community Township and Primary School to date, and future plans for expansion in this community in desperate need of assistance.
Sincere gratitude goes to:
Event Sponsor: Brian Howe (Odlum Brown Limited)
And special thanks to Committee Chairwoman Gail Watson for a most successful and memorable event.
An update from Community Health International (CHILD)
We were thrilled with the turnout at our fourth annual Power of Protein Fundraising Dinner, on October 16th. This year we were again raising funds for projects in India and South Africa. This year, we relocated to a new location where we enjoyed some deliciously spicy South African-Indian cuisine, good company and compelling conversations, and a few laughs.
Tickets sold-out and the restaurant filled to the brim with 120 people as passionate as we are about improving conditions in struggling communities around the world!
The program included presentations, slides, and videos featuring what Community Health International does and updates on current projects. We were very sad that, due to weather conditions, our guest speaker Carolyn Burns from the Ukulapha Project in South Africa was unable to join us. (Her flight from Victoria was canceled, due to a fierce storm.) She was much missed but thankfully able to send us videos with updates on her projects. Our guests really enjoyed getting to see the kids who would be directly impacted by their donations.
These donations will be divided between projects CHILD is involved with, in both South Africa and India.
South Africa - Ukulapha Projects:
1. CHILD will be able to provide two full scholarships to the top academic students at Slangspruit Elementary School, enabling them to attend a good quality high school for the 2017-2021 school year.
2. CHILD will be able to continue to provide milk for 300 children in Kindergarten and Grade One.
3. CHILD will be able to continue to supplement the basic government lunches with protein for 1,050 impoverished children at Slangspruit Elementary School four times per week.
India - Metropolitan Mission Projects:
1. CHILD will be able to continue to assist with the purchase of locally grown rice, a staple source of the diet, for 250 children living in the Children's Home.
2. CHILD will also be able to provide regular nutritious protein supplementation to meals including lentils, eggs, and chicken for special occasions.
Bonus Note: Children at Edmonton Junior High Schools continue to enjoy the pen pal program they started last year with Alfonso and Slangspruit Elementary School. This side program is coordinated by CHILD Board member Tyler Austring and Slangspruit teachers. It has been a great opportunity for the kids to connect. The junior high school in Edmonton is located in a lower income area and many of the students involved are immigrants or refugees, they feel a special connection to the kids in South Africa and are encouraged by the opportunity to help someone in greater need than themselves.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
OAK BAY UNITED CHURCH OPEN HOUSE AND FAMILY FUN BBQ!
Following the 10AM service, everyone is invited to experience the energy and community spirit at Oak Bay United Church, through the ministerial work that the church is involved in, not only for the congregation, but for the neighbourhood, the local community and the International Community. And in conclusion, there is a welcome barbeque to give thanks for God’s blessings.
Oak Bay United Church is a vibrant community of worshippers, who are active in not only their spiritual growth and interaction with friends, but also in their community. At this event, everyone is invited to explore the work that is ongoing in Worship and Community, Spiritual Transformation, Welcome and Hospitality and Serving God’s World.
Currently, OBUC provides 4 special nutritious meals (one each term) and an educational sponsorship for one high achieving student. This year, 2016, at least 5 meals will be enjoyed by the children at SPS from the congregation at OBUC, the 5th meal being a birthday meal in September provided by Oliver Dason.
At the Open House on Sunday September 11th, this wonderful friendship OBUC has with Ukulapha and SPS will be shown. There will be a slide presentation of the children at SPS enjoying one of the special nutritious meals provided by OBUC. Beautiful beadwork items from South Africa will be on sale, and a sample of the handmade bookmarks will be on display.
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FRIENDS OF VICTORIA!
THANK YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL "SPRING SERENADE"
Spring Serenade, a fundraiser for the Ukulapha Community Outreach Project was held June 12, 2016 at The Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, BC
Over 100 attendees enjoyed a fun filled evening with music by The Craig Henderson Trio, a fashion show by Tatum &Olivia and Tilley Endurables. Several Sidney volunteer firefighters offered their modelling expertise and were a great hit! Attendees enjoyed food provided by Island Culinary and to top off the evening-a live and silent auction.
The evening helped raise over $10,000. for this amazing grassroots project and founder/manager Carolyn Burns has responded that there is a critical list of needs which the monies will help support.
The evening was organised by Rhonda Todrick and Kenny Podmore and supported by a wonderful group of volunteers. This marks the 5th year of fundraising for both and they extend a huge bouquet to all the generous sponsors and auction donors who made this event possible. Special thanks to our sponsors Nagging Doubt Winery, Island Gals Media Group and The Mary Winspear Centre.
What began in 2012 as a small gathering of friends to raise money for Ukulapha has grown over the years, culminating in a beatiful gala in 2015 at the Royal Colwood Golf Club.
A great time was had by all as lively music by local favorites "The Legends" kept everyone dancing till the wee hours.
Friends from Victoria as well as guests from Edmonton to Saltspring Island to Seattle joined us for a fun-filled evening of silent and live auction bidding, dancing, spectacular dinner hosted by Royal Colwood Golf Club, and an indepth presentation by Carolyn Burns of the continuing work being done by Ukulapha on the ground in the Township of Slanspruit.
And best of all, over $20,000 was raised to further the great work Ukulapha and Carolyn Burns continue to achieve.
Join us gain this year as we host our fundraiser on October 13, 2016 at the UNION CLUB in Victoria, BC.
Details will be announced shortly so check back soon for information and ticket purchase.
We had a fantastic evening, again this year, at Tiramisu Bistro serenaded by the instrumental talents of Scott Zubot. Carolyn Burns, Executive Director of Ukulapha Community Outreach Project joined us from South Africa to tell donors first hand what a difference their contributions are making.
The CHILD Foundation partnered with Ukulapha last year to initiate a protein project. (Last year funds were also allocated to provide protein supplements at the Metropolitan Mission in India, this year fundraising was just focused on the project in South Africa.)
This years donations will go towards:
1.Continuing a kindergarten milk project that provides a cup of milk to 130 students every day.
2. Supplementing lunches with lentils and soy chunks (which the kids apparently all think is chicken) for all 1000+ students in the elementary school
The government schools in South Africa provide with a basic, mainly starch, lunch. Ukulapha has also started a garden at the school to add vegetables to these lunches. As Carolyn pointed out last night, there is not much point in funding education if students are too malnourished to focus on what they're learning. For many students, this is the only mean they will eat that day.
It only costs 25¢ per day to supplement one child’s diet with a cup of milk a day. There are about 140 students in the kindergarten at Slangspruit Elementary.
The staple diet in the townships is Pap, a maize-porridge. Maize and rice are incomplete proteins—they need to be eaten in combination with other complimentary protein sources such as beans.
Children with protein-energy malnutrition suffer up to 160 days of illness per year. They are much more prone to die from measles, malaria, diarrhea, or pneumonia.