From Franklin Is
For the fourth year, the Fabulous Friends for Africa will host a Valentine’s Dance to raise money for African Leadership a local organization committed to developing projects and programs that meet the needs of Africans.
The dance will be Saturday, February 12, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Factory in Franklin. The fundraiser started in a unique way. A group of women turning 50 years old wanted to have a party…but they wanted to do something more for others than for themselves. So, instead of hosting a birthday party for themselves, they decided to use the party as an excuse and raise money for an organization that was important to them, African Leadership.
The ladies are now in their fourth year of hosting the Valentine’s Dance and have raised nearly $200,000 for African Leadership with one hundred percent of the proceeds going directly to African Leadership.
The Fabulous Friends for Africa are not professional fundraisers but a group that includes two nurses, a receptionist, teacher, accountant, realtor, two stay-at-home moms and an event planner.
“Most of the ladies have full time jobs but make this fundraiser a priority in their lives. We do all the work so that one hundred percent of the proceeds goes directly to African Leadership,” said Terrie Hill, one of the Fabulous Friends for Africa.
With recent interest in “giving back” the group recognizes that this effort is tiny compared to money raised by larger philanthropic organizations. But they are gratified by knowing that they are making a difference—one child at a time in Africa. It costs African Leadership a total of $200 a year to provide an orphan with an education, clothes, medical care, food, and after school spiritual training. These children often walk two hours to take advantage of this educational opportunity.
Pictured is one of the children at the orphanage in Lizulu, Malawi. He writes, “My name is Ernest Moffat and I am 15 years old. I used to live with my parents in Zimbabwe. Both of my parents are dead and I live with my grandparents. I am in 6th grade and I never used to go to school before I came here at the orphanage. I would like to be a doctor in the future. I have been in the orphanage for 1 year. I get my basic needs met. Before I came here I used work with my grandmother to get money for food. ”
The Fabulous Friends for Africa Valentine’s Dance will be held Saturday, February 12, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Factory in Franklin. Minimum donation requested of $50 per person. You may register online at www.FabulousFriendsForAfrica.org. or email terrie@FabulousFriendsforAfrica.org . The price includes dancing to the The Blue Tones band, wine and hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.
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