The Rotary Club of Macquarie Park is holding a gala dinner from 7.30pm on 27 September 2013 at Curzon Hall to raise money for the HOPE Africa Project, and RBF members and friends are invited to attend – see your invitation here: Hope Africa Event Flyer August 8.
The aim is to raise funds to build a not-for-profit youth centre in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, an area where the main inhabitants are people living in extreme poverty and have little to no opportunity to support basic needs such as food, shelter, health and education.
The youth centre will consists of a library, resource and recreational centre, where vulnerable and underprivileged children can have a safe place in which to deepen the knowledge acquired at school, whilst have accessing to health and recreational facilities. The health facilities will also give much needed support to the children and their families who live in the informal settlement, whilst the recreational facilities will get youth off the streets and engaging in meaningful ways with one another.
Guests can dine with the epitome of Australia’s entertainment, sporting and media industries for evening of superb cuisine, entertainment and an exciting auction, while making an impact on those less fortunate. 100% of the profits (tickets, auction and donated monies) from the evening will go towards the project.
Special guests for the evening include:
- Ian Thorpe OAM, HOPE Africa’s ambassador and Olympic Gold Medalist
- Cathy Freeman, Olympic Gold Medallist
- Louise Sauvage, Australia’s most highly decorated paralympian
- Brad Fittler, NRL legend and sports presenter
- Jeff McMullen, journalist, author and TV presenter
- Matt Hall, former RAAF pilot and aerobatic competitor
- General Peter John Cosgrove, AC, MC, former Chief of the Defence Force and 2011 Australian Of The Year
- Peter Overton, Chief Newsreader and journalist
Four methods of supporting the project:
- Make a tax deductible donation;
- Provide an auction item for the gala dinner;
- Attend the gala dinner. Prices start at $1,500 to be seated with your choice of host or $1,000 to be seated with an allocated host. There are also limited seats available without a host for $200. Maximum number per table is 10. Individual tickets may be purchased as well as corporate tables;
- Volunteer your time by spreading the word through your contacts or helping out at the event.
How to book: www.hopeafrica.org.au
Further information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing address: PO Box 39, North Ryde BC, North Ryde NSW 1670
General Enquiries: Deidre Anderson 0409 953 313 / Tracey Peters 0402 785 488
Payments and Website: Paul Williamson 02 9868 2595
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HOW HOPE AFRICA STARTED
Some of the members of the Rotary Club of Macquarie Park made a chance meeting during their first trip to Namibia in 2003. Since then they have participated in a locally (in Otjiwarongo) run program that targets children who are living in extreme poverty and financially supports them in every facet of their life. The program sources, secures and finances all of the basic needs of the children, but most importantly education. Those involved have developed great personal and working relationships, as well as a desire to make mass-scale improvements to the lives of more children, that have essentially been the impetus for this new initiative called – HOPE Africa.
- Indigo Foundation (www.indigofoundation.org), an independent Australian community development organisation providing effective and innovative assistance to improve the lives of people in marginalised communities in Australia and around the world. They work in the areas of health, education, environment and advocacy, with projects around the world including Uganda, Rwanda, Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Solomon Islands and South Sudan. Guided by the principles of community ownership, sustainability, transparency and equity, indigo foundation works with community based organisations to effect real change, with a particular focus on local capacity building. Its aim is to empower communities to access resources, and have control over decisions that determine their basic needs and human rights, via providing financial and technical assistance.
- Local authorities, the office of the Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor – will govern, administer and sustain the facilities in consultation with:
- Local community partners including the local Rotary Club in Namibia