Last call for Tanzania gift card fundraiser

Tyler Clarke
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Today (Tuesday) marks the last day of a Sobeys and Co-op gift card fundraiser, wherein between five and 10 per cent goes directly toward a Tanzania aid effort.


“We’re inviting people to help raise funds for us to dig a well and build a windmill in Tanzania,” mission co-ordinator Warren Dungen explained.

“It gives the gift of fresh clean drinking water to a community in need.”

Sobeys and Co-op gift cards will remain available throughout the day at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert office, in $25, $50 and $100 increments.

The offices are located at 1415 Fourth Ave. W. and can be contacted at 306-922-4747.

Over the course of six weeks between mid July and August, 11 members of a local Catholic mission team will travel to Tanzania to provide clean drinking water to a community.

Most of the participants are students or recent graduates from St. Mary High School and Rivier Academy.

“The actual project itself – they were in kind of a desert area, and the water is very deep underneath, so we have to build a windmill to pump the water, because a normal and simple pump won’t work,” Dungen said.

The total cost to the water project will be about $25,000, and each one of the 11 participants will be required to fundraise $5,000 for their trip.

The group is currently about half way to their final fundraising goal, Dungen said.

”We’re leaving in about six months, so we’re coming around the corner,” he said, adding that last weekend’s black tie gala nudged theme even closer to their final goal. Final numbers on the gala event aren’t in, yet.

The Sobeys and Co-op gift cards available for purchase until the end of the day, today (Tuesday) is one of a handful of fundraisers planned for the near future.

Christmas card sales will be the main effort over the next month, Dungen said, noting that the cards include a charitable donation toward the Tanzania effort.

The cards are “kind of a gift alternative, where, hey, instead of buying a Christmas gift this year we mad a donation in your name towards the Tanzania mission project,” he said, adding that the tax receipt will be made available to recipient.

The Tanzanian effort is being done in collaboration with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood -- a Toronto-based group that has been doing similar projects with students for a few decades.


Organizations: Sobeys and Co-op, Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert, Mary High School Rivier Academy

Geographic location: Tanzania

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