Looking Back.....Looking Forward

Looking Back.....Looking Forward

There is no better way to end a year than with a gathering of friends. The annual coffee house for Swaziland was just that. In late December about 200 people gathered at Hampton High School in memory of our friend Tyler Henderson. We enjoyed coffee, cookies, and companionship while being treated to the amazing music of numerous talented performers. Thank you to Laura Myers for organizing the event and to everyone who contributed to its success, allowing us to raise $1,000 for the Swaziland scholarship given in Tyler’s name. A special thanks to Anne Scott who sold her new book, “The Boy Who Was Bullied” at the coffee house and donated 100% of the proceeds to the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership.

Our Partnership has a vision of a better Piggs Peak, a better Swaziland, and, as a result, a better world… even if only in a very small way. It sounds slightly audacious to think we can change the world but Anne is one of many Hamptonians who serves as a shining example of what people can do to inch us toward that vision. For many years Anne has leveraged her own special talents as a writer and musician to promote universal human rights… a key element to eliminating the spread of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland. We all have something to offer and events like the coffee house give me great hope for the future when I see the combination of talent and spirit that was epitomized by Tyler Henderson and continues to thrive within Hampton’s youth, especially at Hampton High School.

It was this feeling of hope that helped our Partnership committee make the decision to boost our financial commitment to Piggs Peak in 2012, increasing the number of students we are supporting by nine. Such a decision is difficult; always a leap of faith since we don’t currently have the funds we are committing. But the considerable expressions of financial assistance we have received from new Starfish sponsors and other supporters over the past couple weeks helped give us the faith we needed. Personally, it gives me confidence that this will be the most successful year ever for the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership. Not only does it have the support of a generous community but it is driven by the dedication and leadership of an extraordinary team that deserves recognition and thanks: Lisa Bettle; Jill Darrah; Robert Doucet; Bev Harrison; Ross Henderson; Sue Hooper; Carl MacKenzie; Janalee MacKenzie; Laura Myers; Chris Rendell; Maureen Robichaud; and Liz Szalma. Every one them offers his or her own special skills and talents to help move us toward a better world.

You can help too. Please consider becoming a Starfish sponsor or making a donation through our website www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca or calling me, Mark Bettle, at 832-0003.

Looking Back.....Looking Forward