Invitation: This Life Foundation Dinner 2015
Venue: The Grand Royale, 51-61 South St, Granville NSW
We are holding our second Fundraising Dinner this year to raise fund to support the building of This Life Children Centre, a drop-in centre for social activities and space for critically vulnerable orphaned children in need of immediate help.
Background: War In Northern Uganda
The long journey of pain, loss and trauma started over 20 years ago when the Lord Resistance Army rebels led by Joseph Kony began his war in Northern Uganda. The LRA Rebels operated in the region between 1987 and 2006, spreading fear and terror throughout the North and North-Eastern Uganda. They tortured, killed and abducted over 20,000 children, recruiting them into Child Soldiers. More than 1.5 million people were driven into Internally Displaced Persons` Camps (IDPs); which basically became a death trap for many.
Project: Rebuilding Northern Uganda
Mercy Akongo, the Founder of This Life Foundation spent over two years working with displaced people within the Camps and the rural Northern Uganda picking up 18 children who she has then been supporting personally since 2008. Through This Life Foundation, she hopes that more children will be supported to deal with the transition within the IDPs and villages as people move back to their original homes where they were driven away from over 20 years ago. This Life Foundation supports the kids through their Volunteer Mentors who play a vital role in their daily lives. The foundation also sponsors kids` education and supports children`s health needs.
This Life Children Centre
The Children Centre will be a drop in space for social activities but also for vulnerable children in need of immediate support. The three (3) main services at the centre will be;
A Sick Bay: A space for sick children to rest while being looked after by our volunteers at day time instead of being left in their homes alone without help.
A Library: This will provide access to developmental books to disadvantaged children and a space to host volunteers (teachers) who will provide extra support to children performing poorly in school.
Counselling: We would love to provide psychosocial support to children who have experienced traumatic experiences.
It is also our yearly ritual to present Christmas gifts of food, clothes and other household goods to orphaned children in Northern Uganda during the festive seasons. We want the kids to celebrate the festive season just like everyone else. Last Christmas, our volunteers visited families in their homes on Christmas Eve with different gifts and we are looking forward to giving more surprises to child-headed families this year.
What to expect on the Dinner night
We have lots of items to be auctioned on the night. Pre-auctioning will begin three weeks to the event and silent auctions will continue on the dinner night. Keep a close watch on this page for the items.
There will be exciting live performances, including Traditional dances from Northern Uganda
Lots of networking opportunities
Meals: The guests will be served to a delicious three course meals.
Beverages: Selected wines will be served throughout the night plus unlimited soft drinks & bottled water.
Parking: Parking available
Plus lots of other surprises for you.
Grab your ticket today and feel free to make a donation too.
Table of 10: $1100
Other Payment Option
Account Name: This Life Foundation
Account Number: 11264897
Description: Your Name
NB: Please email payment receipts to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you on the night.
Mercy, Sem & Les
On behalf of The Organising Committees)
Check what we are up to in Uganda in this 10 minutes video, `Life is a Journey`