Monday, June 27, 2011

Grinding for Uganda: fundraiser hits the Grouse Grind

by Diana Stewart and Lawrence Becker

The Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies will be participating in a 2.9 km hike on Sunday, July 17 up Vancouver’s most famous trail, the Grouse Grind, otherwise known as ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.’ We are completing this hike in an effort to raise funds for our Uganda Project 2012 and it is open to anyone inside or outside the college community who wishes to participate.

The start time for the hike is 11am at the base of the trail located at the North end of the gravel parking lot at the foot of Grouse Mountain. There is free parking in this area but a cost to use the paved parking stalls. There will be a prize for the person who collects the highest number of pledges in terms of dollar value.

This Douglas College fundraising initiative will assist students from the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies who are going to Uganda in April 2012. These students will work with relief agencies such as:

• HIV/AIDS clinic;
• Uganda Society for Disabled Children;
• Ugandan Schizophrenia Fellowship;
• Teaching and counseling at Kitengessa Comprehensive Secondary
• Masaka Referral Hospital;
• The Aids Support Organization (TASO)

Our fundraising efforts will also contribute to the Uganda Endowment Fund, which supports education, social service and health programs in Masaka, Uganda. Further project goals include the development of school scholarships and social service programs with the mission of providing HIV/AIDS Relief and hospital equipment. Students will be involved in the development and implementation of many of the projects that are mobilized through the Uganda Endowment Fund. We are collecting pledges for the ‘Grinding for Uganda’ endeavor and would like to note that all proceeds of this project go directly to the Douglas College Uganda Project 2012. We invite everyone to join us on our trek up the Grouse Grind as it promises to be a refreshing and stimulating experience (not to mention exhausting).

All pledges can be made online! Go to the Donate NOW button on the Douglas College Foundation site. All donations of $25 or more are tax deductible.

To find out more about the Uganda Project 2011 please visit the blog.

Thank you for your support!  For further information, please contact Diana Stewart or Lawrence Becker.