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Fundraising project to aid Uganda village

Project Bulenga is a new initiative I have formed to assist friends in Bulenga Village, near Kampala, Uganda.

I fell in love with the village and people I met during the 2 1/2 weeks I volunteered at Good Hope Primary School in June 2010.

When I started teaching my class at Good Hope Primary School, the children had no text books, and basic supplies like notebooks, pencils, erasers and crayons were very limited. I had taken a 50 pound bag of supplies with me, which the teachers and class were very grateful to receive. I knew when I came home to Kelowna, I had to find a way to help them in whatever way I could.

I have started accepting donations of school supplies, small toys, stuffed animals, toiletries, first aid supplies, mosquito nets and good used clothing for infants to adults. My goal is to raise enough money to ship a large volume of goods to Bulenga. With the support of friends, family and the community, I know this will be a reality.

Art Knapp Plantland & Florist, 1994 Springfield Rd. will host a fundraiser for my campaign on Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be barbecued hot dogs and pop for sale as well as raffle draws. People are being asked to kindly donate school supplies, toys, toiletries and good used clothing from infants to adults. There will also be a drop-off area for bottles and cans, to generate extra revenue. All proceeds from the event will go towards sending the supplies to Bulenga.

This year, I have sent three parcels of school supplies, clothes and toys to Good Hope Primary School.

For more information, check out my website at www.projectbulenga.blogspot.com. I can also be contacted via email at hollielorentz@yahoo.com.

Hollie Lorentz is a Capital News contributor.

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