Our fundraising activities begin as soon as our visiting director(s) return from Laos each winter. It runs from approximately April 1 through November 30 each year. This year, 2020/21, our budget has been significantly reduced, due to all traditional outdoor events being cancelled for the summer or fall, due to Covid-19 concerns.
There are currently, about 40 Rotary presentations planned on-line, in Southern and Central Ontario, and Vancouver area. There are also a couple of fundraisers in the planning stages. Global Change For Children has recently provided a donation as has HMA Benefits for their sponsorship of the Bob Scott Disease Prevention Award, awarded to the president of Adopt A Village in Laos. We are humbled.
Much of our water project funding comes from various Rotary Clubs and District Matching Grants, but corporations and many individuals also assist. This year we hope to raise funding for one large water project ($57,600) plus a small water project ($12,000). In addition we have raised for for all of our secondary school students and are raising funds for our university student ($6,000). Fortunately, JDM Actuarial Expert Services has stepped up to the plate and offered a 1:1 match, up to $3,000 towards this goal. As of July 10th, $1,000 has been raised, so $2,000 more is required.
The largest annual, single fundraiser is organized and managed by Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee. Each year the quantity of water filter donations they raise is simply outstanding! Each water filter costs $125.00 CDN
Of course, it is the hundreds of individuals and small organizations that we are so thankful for. Without them, we would be nowhere.
If any of you would like an on-line zoom presentation , please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you feel you may be able to help us with funding, or know of others that may be interested in funding or wish to visit, we hope that you will contact us. If you aren’t sure where exactly you would like to apply your funds, please contact us and we will let you know where they are needed the most. Perhaps you may be interested in doing a fundraiser for, or with us. A few dollars can go a long way. Although NGO’s (charities) in Laos are few and far between, most focus on the urban areas, yet there are so few that are able to help the rural villagers. If you have any questions or wish to discuss some ideas, please do get in touch. You won’t regret it and it may change your life.
For those of you who are interested in joining us in Laos to see/participate with any of our projects, there will be lots to see and do…the famous Kwangsi Waterfalls, the Unesco heritage city of Luang Prabang, famous night market, Phousi mountain and lots of amazing restaurants and wine bars to help you enjoy your stay. Please note that for this coming winter season (2020-21), we do advise you to hold off on any decisions, due to covid. It is questionable as to whether you will be able to get there, and back.
Our sincere and respectful thanks to every one of you who have helped and continue to help us with your donations, to raise money and/or volunteer their valuable time to help some of the poorest but most grateful people of Laos.
Thank You for Caring!