Zimbabwe Project Canada has supported projects

Zimbabwe Project Canada has supported projects

Contest draws awareness

Drawing competition and polar bear swim support Zimbabwe Project Canada

Children are invited to get creative with their support for Zimbabwe and their enthusiasm for a chilly tradition in Vernon.

Zimbabwe Project Canada, which normally hosts a polar bear swim every Jan. 1, has postponed the event as it joins Vernon Winter Carnival Feb. 7.

To get more community members involved, ZPC invites kids from three to 13 to enter a drawing competition. The picture should represent Zimbabwe, the polar bear swim or both, fit inside a circle. The winning drawing will be used to make the polar bear swim registration buttons.

“We are hoping for 50,” said ZPC’s Angela Yablonski of entries.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 19 at Curves, (forms are available at Curves – 1-2901 27th St.).

The polar bear swim raises funds for ZPC, which supports self-sustaining projects in rural Zimbabwe.

“Some of the projects that ZPC has funded this year are a borehole (well), poultry projects, soap making, grinding mill, goat and sheep projects, sewing projects including sewing machines for the Sandra Jones Centre in Bulawayo as well as continued with our scholarship program with the Youth Tariro Project in Harare,” said Yablonski.

Registration for the swim is $10 per person or $25 for family of four.

For more information on the event, or the project, visit www.zimbabweproject.com.