Silent auction helps Ugandan centre

Two Salmon Arm women have decided to use the arts to support a good cause.

Two Salmon Arm women have decided to use the arts to support a good cause.

While spending the last year in Uganda with their respective families, Jocelyne Baker and Kara Aylard, partnered with Kelowna-based charity, Niteo, started a community resource centre for impoverished children in the country’s capital, Kampala.

To raise support for the new initiative, the two women are planning a silent auction and wine and tapas fundraiser August 5 at the Field of Dreams Clubhouse (250 30th Street) in Salmon Arm from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Items for bid will include twelve original paintings by Kampala artists Jalia and Daniel Matovuz along with African handicrafts and items donated by local businesses and individuals.

The “Let Them Shine” event will feature live entertainment by local musicians, Susan Aylard and Monika Wilson, as well as stories and videos from Uganda.

Niteo strives to dignify the heart and mind of the African child and provide support and programming to this end. The Kansanga Resource Centre (KRC) houses books, puzzles, building blocks and board games and provides a safe place for children to read, study, and participate in art and sports clubs.

“Like children all over the world, the children of Uganda are bursting with potential. Niteo aims to partner with Ugandans to provide resources and a stimulating learning environment that will promote an active mind and a buoyant spirit in every child we meet,” said Baker, the centre’s co-director.

As part of its holistic approach to education which includes addressing the basic needs of the community, Niteo has also launched an income-generation project at the KRC for women living in extreme poverty. The embroidered greeting cards made by these women will be available for purchase at the event.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to funding the centre and its programs.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door and can be purchased by calling (250)838-0945. Donations of silent auction and door prize items are welcome.