NEWS RELEASE · 14th April 2010
Women and Development
Over twenty-five years ago, a group of Terrace women committed themselves to working together to raise funds to benefit women and children in developing countries. Their fund raising has changed over the years-they no longer deliver catalogues, build fences or wash windows-but their commitment to their goal hasn’t wavered.
Saturday’s giant Garage Sale kicks off to this year’s events which include a May plant sale at the Farmer’s Market, the popular garden tour in August, a Harvest Book Sale and Tea at George Little House in October and the Spring Bowl, a new addition featuring pottery bowls full of warming soup next February.
In January, members meet over brunch to allocate funds. Women and Development supports some international organizations like Match International and the Stephen Lewis Foundation but also looks for projects with a local link.
This year Bridgitt Sloan McMullen proposed that Women and Development supply funds to put in a hand washing station, build a fence and equip a supply cupboard for a small school of 130 children whose sole source of funding is a tourist camp run by a local entrepreneur.
Working in Ghana for 18 months with World University Services Canada, Bridgitt first saw the school on a weekend getaway. After talking with the teachers, she knew she wanted to help. She’ll work with the camp owner and school staff to build school infrastructure up to the point where it can receive state funding.
Women and Development members are canvassing their friends and digging into their basements and attics to make this a bonanza event. So come to the Garage Sale Saturday April 24th 4519 Soucie Ave from 7am - noon. You might find that one item you’ve been searching for and you’ll certainly have the satisfaction of contributing to a worthy cause.