Dear family, friends and colleagues,
As 2015 draws to a close, we wanted to share the wonderful news regarding the Kenya initiative. We were thrilled to see the outpouring of support from the number of sponsors, attendance, and amount raised at our recent fundraiser on November 5th.
Our sponsors totalling 22 at this year’s event were:
Leland Industries Inc.
Insurance Portfolio Inc.
Insurance Portfolio Financial Services
The Gory Family
Arrow Professional Services
Terrafix Geosynthetics Inc.
Steve Borlak Law Office
Murphy & Chung Professional Corporation
The Lunch Lady
Great West Life Toronto Sales and Marketing Centre
and The Elliott Family
A HUGE thank you to all of you who generously supported this event. There were over 195 tickets ordered for the event, which makes this the largest fundraiser we have had to date.
The amount raised was $21,000. for phase three of the ongoing construction of the school. With this money, we are hoping to tear down the temporary structure and construct permanent walls and roof to complete a kitchen, and dining hall. We are presently waiting for the contractors’ estimate.
Late November and December proved very busy with the sales of purses, jewellery and scarves in the GTA. We were invited to seven events post November 5th, and sold approximately $6,500.00 of product for the women’s cooperative project out of Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. This week, we have wired the money to the ladies and we know that they will be enjoying a grateful Christmas season. None of this would have been possible without your support, and as we enter into our own Christmas season here in Toronto, may we do it knowing that we have made a difference and helped so many people including vulnerable children so far away.
Below are some of our children in Kibera who are wishing you a very Merry Christmas! They are wearing Christmas colours with the Salvation Army logo on the t-shirts generously donated by our friends at Salvation Army Gateway. It seems appropriate that we too are an army of grateful people trying to make a difference in a hurting world.
The Tyrwhitt Family