Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pilates for babes

We've half sold out the pilates class, but we have some spots left, so I thought to share this poster Lawrence did. If you are interested to come, please register online at twtvite/pilates4babes or you can reserve your spot by making a donation on the "Pilates" paypal button on the right side of this blog. Hope you can make it!
Check it out:

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pilates for Babes

Very excited to tell you about a pilates class fundraiser for the orphanage being hosted by Sandra Brunner and Chang'e Studio -- a very cool yoga/pilates studio in Leslieville.
Here are the class details:

When: Saturday, July 17
Where: Chang'e Studio, 1114 Queen Street East.
Time: 2-3p.m.
Cost: Minimum $20 donation
Who: Hosted by Marie/ @karmacakedotca, Sandra/ @wallabina and myself @karensnider
Hashtag: #babes

Goal: Through a series of pilates and yoga classes, our goal is to raise $700, which is the cost to send one of our children to school.

Space is limited - so you must purchase your ticket in advance. Look to the right of this blog and you will see a paypal button for Yoga/Pilates. You can reserve your space by making a donation there, or you can pay at Chang'e.

Can't make the class and still want to donate? Of course, please do! There is a button for you on paypal under Yoga/Pilates.

I've been to a few of Sandra's classes and when it comes to your abs, this woman means business! So come and get your sweat on and while you're at, we can help the orphanage. It's a good thing!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Baby Carolyn and a New Playground at the Orphanage

I just got an update that the orphanage has another new baby. This one is named Carolyn. She is five-months-old and her mother died of malaria. A welfare officer came to the orphanage to ask that they accept her because her family was unable to cope with her.

This means there have been four new babies to the orphanage in the last few months. Another child’s mother died during childbirth; one mother was mentally ill; and yet another was born to teenage parents who did not have the means to care for the child.

The orphanage is growing at break-neck speed. People in the community are becoming more familiar with it and so the number of children is growing. These are children who otherwise would have been left for dead or left in families that could not care for them.

The UK sponsors are beginning to build a 5th little house to accommodate the orphans and the house mothers. So while their family grows, thankfully, so is there living space growing!

I also received these new photos that show the children playing on their new playground equipment donated by the local Rotary Club. The equipment was once in a public space, but it was getting vandalized. The children lucked out when the Rotary Club decided to give it to the orphanage. These children don't get to play very much and they don't have a lot of toys. So this is a very big deal!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What’s coming up this summer

Thought to put out an update and let everyone know about a few activities we’ve got coming up this summer. The first is going to be a charity garage sale. We’ve been gathering tons of great stuff donated – everything from TVs to cameras to Guitar Hero accessories.
We’re going to hold the garage sale in Pickering at my parents house (big driveway).

Hold This Date!
When: Saturday, July 10 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: 2346 Meriadoc Street, Pickering
Who: The garage sale is being hosted by myself, Monica Kahindo and Cecile Peterkin
What: As I mentioned above, we’ve got some really great stuff. We’ll also have some coca-cola memorabilia, great books, stuff for kids.
Hungry? We’ll host a BBQ at noon

Also coming up – Yoga for Babes!
This week, I’m meeting with an instructor from a yoga/pilates studio in Leslieville because they are planning to host a “by donation” pilates and a yoga class this summer! Very exciting stuff. I’ll reveal the studio once the dates are set. How awesome is this – so many of us are doing yoga and pilates anyways, so this way we get to work out and support the orphanage at the same time. I’ll keep you posted.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mother’s Day wrap-up

I’ve been waiting until I collected all of the funds from our Mother’s Day card fundraising project before sending you an update. Our goal was to raise $1,000 by selling the cards. We did better than that! We raised nearly $2,000.

Two thousand dollars is enough to cover the costs of sending three of our children to a full year of high school. It’s almost enough to cover a full year of Veronica’s university tuition as well.

Special huge thank you to everyone who helped us surpass our goal. So many of you were out there selling bookmarks, cards and accepting donations for us – your support was phenomenal.

I wanted to give a special thank you to Aynsley Morris (@aynsilly). This girl sold more than 50 cards on her own, one at a time. I’ve heard she’s quite the fast-talking salesperson! Thank you so much, Aynsley – we’re lucky to have you on our team of volunteers.

We’ve got some other great fundraisers in the works – a yard sale in the summer, as well as a pilates/yoga class. I’ll keep you posted and hopefully, we can get you involved.

Thanks again everyone!
Monica Kahindo and Karen Snider