Prince Albert residents will have the opportunity to sample a range of Ethiopian cuisine at an upcoming fundraiser.
The Rotary Club of Prince Albert will be hosting its African Night dinner and auction on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Travelodge Hotel to raise money for five Ethiopian schools.
“There’ll be an authentic Ethiopian meal,” club president-elect Chris Clinton said. “It’s cooked by Saba from Saskatoon, and the basis for the whole event is to support the work I do in Ethiopia with schools.”
Tickets to the event are $50 each or $320 for a table of eight. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.
The menu will feature dishes from Saba’s African Cuisine such as injera, a form of traditional Ethiopian bread.
“There’ll be a beef wat, as it’s called, which is basically a spicy stew,” Clinton said. “There’ll be ordinary chicken for those who don’t like spicy food, and a mix of cabbage, carrot and potato with turmeric … and lentils.”
Since 2006, Clinton and his wife Eileen have taken a lead role in helping distribute needed supplies at the five Ethiopian schools, located near the northwestern city of Bahir Dar.
Approximately 100 people attended Clinton’s last fundraiser at the Travelodge, which raised more than $5,000 for the Ethiopian schools. Clinton is hoping to more than double attendance at this year’s African-themed event.
The basis for the whole event is to support the work I do in Ethiopia with schools. Chris Clinton
Money raised from the dinner and auction will go to a range of purposes.
“It depends on what is needed,” Clinton said. “It might be uniforms, it might be repairing a school. We’ve had a toilet built in one school, we’ve had windows repaired, we’ve had the floors re-tiled, we’ve had the outside painted.
“One school, Felege Abay, they have mud walls and they’ve all been eaten by termites, so we basically paid for that to be repaired and painted … There’s a possibility of setting up a food program. Basically, (the money goes to) whatever is needed at the time.”
None of the proceeds will go to support Clinton’s travel or accommodation costs in Ethiopia, which are paid for out of his own pocket.
The African Night fundraiser is open to all. Tickets may be purchased by calling (306) 764-6158 or (306) 763-4084.