The Hope4Kids event at CLU last Saturday was a great success for raising awareness of foster children in Ventura County. The organizers hoped for 200 runners and over 400 participated. Nearly 50 vendors were present, several food trucks were on hand, prizes were raffled off behind a backdrop of music, a silent auction, a huge air slide and bounce house for kids. It was a great event well supported by the community.
It was also a successful day for Bukasa School. We earned $300 from selling our crosses (see our Etsy site: etsy.com/shop/iheartbukasa) which will be sent to Pastor George to help with school renovation. But the best news is finding sponsors for two of the students of Bukasa school. These sponsorships pay the students' $40 pr/mo tuition which includes all supplies, books, materials, uniform, and daily meal. The benefit this provides to the children and their families can't be overstated. The children are assured of uninterrupted school attendance and it relieves parents (in many cases, single moms) of the difficult task of providing for their family's welfare AND trying to pay school fees. Knowing the average family daily income is $2 USD per day, it's easy to see the impact sponsorships make in the life of a family. Sponsors Jill/Madison, and Tanya, thank you!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
This weekend I am participating in the Hope4Kids walk/run event held at CLU from 8 am-2 pm. The event is to raise funds for foster youth in Ventura County. It is a joint effort between Living Oaks Community Church, Ventura County Human Services Agency, and a variety of community partners. Monies raised will go directly to assist foster youth in paying for extracurricular activities such as sports equipment, camps, musical instruments, art activities, driver's education courses and more. Besides the walk/run there will be a silent auction and many raffles at selected vendor booths.
Rather than being a runner, I will be a vendor under one of the canopies displaying information about Bukasa School (Blythe is on tour with her Agoura youth group). I'll have our crosses and hearts for sale and will make student sponsorships available to all who are interested.
I am hoping for huge support for foster youth of our community and look forward to sharing our outreach to Ever Increasing Children's Center in Uganda. Hope to see you there this Saturday.
Bob and Blythe