Support Guatemala this spring break

  • Mar. 23, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Raylene Moroz

Special to The Morning Star

When given a project to make a difference, a leadership student from Vernon Christian School takes it above and beyond, taking her love for sport and her determination to help make a change in the world.

Sara Bieniada, with many volunteers, will host a basketball camp March 28 to 30 to raise funds to build a court with basketball hoops and soccer posts in a small village in Ixil, Quiche, Guatemala through Food for the Hungry Canada.

“Not only will this build character in the children and show them how to have fun, but it will also help to reduce respiratory infections caused by the kids playing in muddy and dusty fields,” said Bieniada.

Most of the money for the project is donated, but some is paid by the Guatemalan community for the man power to build the courts which will be built by locals, providing jobs and helping boost the economy. The heart put into this project is undeniable, building pride, ownership, and responsibility in Guatemalan children who would never get this chance otherwise.

The basketball camp will be held March 28-30 from 9 a.m. until noon for kids in Grades 4-7 at Vernon Christian School, 6890 Pleasant Valley Rd. All skill levels welcome. For a registration form, to donate to the project, or for questions, please contact Bieniada at 250-549-3683 or by e-mail at

Registration forms available at Talkin’ Donkey, Bean to Cup and Vernon Christian School.