Fund raising dinner being held

Fund raising dinner being held

On Thursday, June 11 the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership will host a fundraising dinner to support Laura Myers’ and Chris Rendell’s trip to Piggs Peak, Swaziland. Doors open at 6:30 pm with dinner by Holly’s at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and are on sale at Holly’s Restaurant and Hampton Pharmasave. Previous Partnership dinners have always been enjoyable and attending is a great way to support our efforts while socializing with friends and enjoying a great meal. We would really appreciate your support.

 

Funds raised at the dinner will be used to offset the cost of the trip and to otherwise support the work Laura and Chris will be doing while in Piggs Peak. Although some plans are still in the works, the itinerary for their two-week trip is already filling up. Our friends in Piggs Peak, Karen Mandy and John Lovett, have had discussions among themselves and others in the town and have made arrangements for Laura and Chris to initially spend time in various local schools. They have also made plans to have Laura and Chris visit some of the homesteads of children supported by Hampton. John tells us “most of these children have had very little contact with anyone from much further afield than their own communities so it will be an opportunity for them to broaden their minds to a world beyond their immediate vicinity. I have also spoken to the head teachers of Peak Central and Mlumati and they have assured me that Laura and Chris would receive a very warm welcome in their schools and they asked if it might be possible for Laura to take a class or two.”

 

John has also suggested Chris could utilize his skills by taking a look at the computer labs at both these schools and possibly make some improvements in their efficiency.

 

For the second week, Karen has suggested she take Laura and Chris to see some of the projects in which we are currently involved and to assess some prospective projects in the settlement of Macembeni. These types of evaluations are essential within the overall workings of the partnership. In early days of the Partnership, experts told us a person needs to personally see the situation in Swaziland to appreciate the needs. Far too often charitable organizations have tried unsuccessfully to impose a North American solution on an African problem thinking they knew what was best. Truly effective assistance must be in response to an explicit need. Laura and Chris’ visit, like visits before them, will allow us to get a first hand assessment of the current needs in Piggs Peak and how we can provide for them most effectively.

 

If you would like to learn more about the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership or the dinner on June 11, please call Lisa or Mark Bettle at 832-0003.

Fund raising dinner being held