Dear Aninga Project Supporters,
It has been a very busy time for our whole team over the last few months and I am excited to update you on all that has happened.
When I first pondered the idea of putting together a team for the Blue Nose Marathon I thought that it would be great if we could have ten individuals walking and running for us and I set a fundraising goal of $6,000. This would allow us to send two girls through university with all of their expenses paid. Our team far exceeded these expectations. On marathon weekend we had a team of 21 individuals walking, running and fundraising for us. This turned into our biggest fundraising initiative to date, raising $12,715.25.
We would like to thank the following individuals for their hard work and dedication to training and fundraising for months leading up to the event and ‘Running for the Hill of It’ on race day: Fiona Benson, Elaine Cadieux, Chris Carter, Justin Crosby, Emily Cyr, Amanda Edison, Nathan Fissehaye, Mana Gebreyohannes, Tsege Gebreyohannes, Aaron Harpell, Laura Hynes Jenkins, Joy Knight, TK Manyimo, Desmond Miller, Copeland Pratt, Deepashri Pushkarna, Matthew Saunders, Stephanie Shaw, Jennifer Stairs and Perez Whitfield. This was a true team effort and we could not have succeeded without each of these individuals contributing everything that they did. We would also like to give a special shout out to Jennifer Stairs who won our team fundraising award, raising $2,800 for The Aninga Project.
We owe a big thank you to Bell Aliant, Scotiabank and Labatt Breweries of Canada for assisting us in our fundraising initiatives leading up to race day along with countless volunteers who baked, staffed tables and assisted us in spreading the word about our various fundraising events. Most importantly, we would like to thank all of our dedicated donors who made this possible.
To check out pictures from race weekend of The Aninga Project Team for the Blue Nose Marathon click on the link below:
News from Uganda
The summer term is starting in Uganda so our girls in elementary and high school are heading back to class for the summer months. Unfortunately, one of the girls who we support did not do well on her final exams so we are working to figure out the next steps for her. Aninga and Viola are finishing up their first year of university and are currently writing their end of year exams. We have begun to consider additional applications for support for the fall term, with our team in Uganda working hard to screen applicants.
We are facing some issues related to engagement in school in Uganda, a problem that many parents and educators also experience here in Canada. We have begun to network with various organizations here to discuss engagement methods and we are also building a strong network with other Canadian NGO’s working in Uganda. I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Governor General’s Roundtable on Youth Engagement in Halifax last month, a great event to assist in our organization’s thinking about this important issue.
Tyler Blake Smith, Our Favourite Toronto Realtor (Yes, we’re biased)
Tyler Blake Smith has been a believer in, and supporter of, The Aninga Project since it was incorporated. He supports our organization so much that in 2010 he jumped out of a plane to raise money for The Aninga Project and convinced nine other people to skydive and fundraise with him!
Tyler has since become a successful real estate agent with Harvey Kalles Real Estate in Toronto and has offered to share his success with us. Tyler has designed an Aninga Project referral program for his real estate business and will lovlingly donate 10% of his commissions from any referrals through our organization. If you or someone you know are thinking of buying or selling a home in the GTA or Halifax you can reach Tyler by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on his cell 1-647-330-9477 and you can also visit his web page http://www.tylerblakesmithhomes.com/.
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