Fund raising dinner a success - Chris and Laura on the ground in Piggs Peak

Fund raising dinner a success - Chris and Laura on the ground in Piggs Peak

By the time you read this, the husband-wife duo of Chris Rendell and Laura Myers will be in Piggs Peak, Swaziland as representatives of the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership. This working trip is very important to the Partnership and the overall relationship between our two communities. Every so often it is necessary to evaluate our current projects and assess the value of potential future undertakings. Support to a foreign culture should be based on the real need in that area, that is, a “pull” for support rather than something that we “push” upon them, thinking we know what is best. Some things can only be done effectively face-to-face. Chris and Laura have a number of meetings lined up with our current partners and also with some experts on the enormous problem of AIDS in Swaziland like NERCHA (the government AIDS organization) and TASC (the non-government organization). These interactions, combined with their own first-hand experiences, will give the Partnership a better sense of where to direct our resources in helping the people of Piggs Peak.

 

The dinner on June 11 to raise funds for the trip was a great success. Those who attended were treated to a very engaging and interesting talk by John Murphy; some key words from Laura and Chris; musical entertainment by Emily Kennedy; and a delicious meal provided by Holly’s Restaurant and staff. Thank you to all those who attended and everyone who participated and worked behind the scenes to make it possible.

 

The Partnership would like to acknowledge Jamie and Doreen Myers and those organizations that recognize the value of Chris and Laura’s trip and provided financial assistance. Thank you to the John Peters Humphrey Foundation, which has always been a key supporter of our efforts. Thanks also to Glenn Hall, Jim Boyd and other members of Hampton High School’s Green Team (Amnesty International) which also made a significant contribution. It is both gratifying and comforting to know that the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership has the ongoing support of these important partners in our efforts to alleviate the impact of HIV/AIDS in the town of Piggs Peak.

 

One more big thank-you to hosts Blair and Martha Boudreau and all the performers who treated those who attended “Concert by the Creek” to an incredible evening of musical entertainment. A beautiful starlit night provided the backdrop to an amazing lineup of musicians who played for hours to the delight of the crowd. The audience expressed its appreciation through voluntary donations that will provide substantial financial support for Laura and Chris’ work while in Piggs Peak.

 

If you would like to learn more about the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership or make a donation please call Mark Bettle at 832-0003 or visit our website at www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca.

 

Fund raising dinner a success - Chris and Laura on the ground in Piggs Peak