When I heard that there was a local initiative to raise funds for the Horn of Africa and drought I decided that I needed to help out. So a group of friends and I arranged to hold a dance at the McIntyre Centre on Saturday, Nov. 5. I had done a similar thing when there was the earthquake in Haiti.
We had lots of help from Sanchez Cantina, Baked CafÃƒÂ©, The Cutting Edge, Copy-Copy, Angelina’s Toy Boutique, Pickappepa, Sam and Andy’s, Antoinette’s and over 25 awesome volunteers.
I want to thank the Swaziland Educational Trust Society who obtained our liquor permit and Ernie Berken, their vice-president, who manned the bar for the whole evening.
After all the expenses were paid we were able to deposit $5,779 into the bank account for the local Horn of Africa Famine and Drought Relief Fund at the local Bank of Montreal. All of the funds raised locally had been forwarded, via the Anglican Church of Canada Relief and Development Fund, to ACT Alliance, a consortium of over 100 aid and church organizations. ACT Alliance has the staff in the field to assess the needs and monitor the delivery of aid.
I want to thank all of those people (over 200) who came to Let’s Dance for Africa and supported this wonderful effort to raise funds for those who so badly need our support.