KRRG crosses first crucial threshold
Ahead: a Dessert Evening, Spring Splash, then a dance!
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.
March 31: A Dessert Evening is more than a delectable way to top off the evening meal on Thursday, (7 to 9 p.m. at Kimberley’s Anglican Church Hall). Expect a ‘mixed’ crowd of men as well as women for this social evening, hosted by KRRG volunteers Louise Hockley and Cyndy Moore who will be joined by Silpada Designs representative Leila Cooper. In addition to donated homemade delectable desserts, enjoy a silent auction offering something for everyone.
Or choose memorable gifts for Mother’s Day, Graduation, birthdays or just to spruce up for spring from the Regal catalogue Louise Hockley is making available. Also, Ms. Cooper will display renowned Silpada Designs, including a wide variety of sterling silver jewelry, scarves and leather handbags suitable for every taste and pocketbook. She is donating 100% of her commission of all Silpada Design purchases to KRRG, and more are also accessible to benefit KRRG on-line. Ms. Hockley’s commission for Regal sales will also benefit the organization.
April 2: Join the fun at the Spring Splash, when KRRG partners with Kimberley Alpine Resort to present a very special silent auction offering a wide variety of accommodations packages and golf packages. That’s Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., when KRRG volunteers will be in the Plaza under a tent provided by Investors Group. It’s a good time assured for all while furthering KRRG’s quest to welcome two refugee families to the City.
April 30: 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. Find details about these and other ways to get involved, including upcoming events now in the planning stages — with opportunities to participate more directly, meeting immediate and long-term needs in this city-wide volunteer effort, plus personal stories from KRRG volunteers themselves – can be found on KRRG’s website, on Facebook and at ‘Berley Times.
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Lead image: Pleasures of KRRG-Wasa Lions’ community supper are all-inclusive.