Greater Kimberley is celebrating Kimberley Refugee Resettlement Group (KRRG) crossing its first crucial threshold. Three recent fundraising dinners have pushed KRRG’s bank account well past $15,000. Meeting this cash requirement, KRRG is now eligible to search lists of United Nations Refugee Agency-approved refugees to identify just the right families for Kimberley, while simultaneously intensifying its fundraising efforts to meet the needs of two refugee families for their first year here.
Putting the “fun” into fundraising, on Saturday night, March 19, almost 300 people attended the Wasa Spaghetti Dinner co-hosted by KRRG and Wasa Lions. While strangers and friends alike socialized, they also contributed generously in cash, took full advantage of a bountiful bake sale and an eclectic raffle of items donated by individuals and businesses. At the end of the evening’s festivities, KRRG had netted more than $2,500.
Wasa resident and KRRG volunteer Wilma Harding spearheaded the Spaghetti event with a lively group of volunteers from both KRRG and co-sponsoring Wasa Lions Club. She reported she was especially pleased to have had a hand in strengthening the larger community while people were enjoying the fine supper, entertained by the bands “Sagegrass” and “Bunkhouse Boys” who volunteered their time and talent.
Ms. Harding and Fundraising Chair Lee Scott sent out special thanks to all who made every element work so well. Bake sale of items were prepared by people involved in every aspect of KRRG, those donating to the raffle included Arla Monteith, Ginessa Redding, Carol Latter, Innwest Kirkwood Inn, B & B Glass, Sully's Barber Shop, and Dollar Store.
Based on the experience of others, KRRG estimates it will need to raise $35,000 to $50,000 more in cash and in-kind donations in coming months. So with the success of Phase One, KRRG volunteers are poised to work even harder at fundraising. On-line donations are vital.
KRRG also invites everyone to upcoming events, several coming soon.
April 30th: Get ready for The Hollers to strike up the band for an evening of dancing delight at Centennial Hall, facilities provided by the City of Kimberley. In addition to a swinging good time, there will be lots of other ways to support KRRG’s fundraising efforts to be welcoming, while enhancing ties across our entire community.
KRRG reminds everyone, on-line donations are easy, including monthly automatic transfers. The Kimberley Bottle Depot is another avenue for donating.
Anyone interested in receiving a monthly newsletter now in the works is encouraged to e-mail a request to: info@KimberleyRefugees.ca