Our theme for the evening was “Pemphero” which means prayer in Chichewa, the language of Taulo in Southern Malawi. It is also the name of the little girl whose picture you see here….. and God certainly answered the prayers of many for this event.
Once again FVM hosted an enjoyable evening for guests, partners and friends at the Cambridge Holiday Inn. There was the usual array of spectacular items for silent and live auction , a superb dinner and great visual presentations and reports from those involved in the work of FVM.
Our goal for the evening was to raise $50,000 for the work in Southern Malawi and we exceeded our expectations with THE FINAL PROCEEDS FOR THE EVENING BEING OVER $62,000 !
Thanks again to our event sponsors who through their generosity enabled us to begin the evening with over $20,000.
Those who attended gave generously and bid with their hearts ! …. $6,000 for a small pillow made from an African corn flour bag !?! This covers FVM’s entire budget to feed 600 children for a year !
The volunteers of 20 years of The Popcorn House Community Resource Centre in Hespeler (Cambridge) were recognized and thanked with a gift.
Chris Hayhoe was thanked in a heartfelt tribute from the M.C. , John Falle, for her 20 years as Executive Director of the Popcorn House and for her passion, love for all people and unswerving dedication. She has impacted the hearts and lives of many thousands over the years and was presented with 20 roses representing her 20 years of service( individually wrapped since she would give them all away before the end of the night anyway !) to a standing ovation from the guests.
Newton Sindo was recognized throughout the evening , and in particular by each speaker, as the Canada – Malawi liaison Development Officer … but much more than that, a leader who initiates and manages all aspects of the work in Malawi from initial ideas to consultation with government officials, chiefs and villagers . He also executes detailed budget proposals and reports with extreme efficiency.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
John Falle .. M.C.
Yeshua Cornejo .. Music
Corrine and Rebel Storms .. Auction Committee ( including Julie Hanna and Dana Buck) and graphic design
Mark and Michelle Trombley .. Founders’ Award Recipients
Robert Hunter (Artech) .. sound equipment
Slideshows.. Chris and Joel Hayhoe
Joel Hayhoe, John Rule and Peter and Susan McPhedran … Malawi reports.
Event Sponsors .. Chuck and Karen Onyschuk, Wayne and Judy Ferguson, John and Donna Rochon, Winifred McAfee , Bob Adams and Esther Houghland, Drs Joe and Linda Lee, Manulife Financial, John and Shabnam Vos and Rebel and Corinne Storms.
See you next year ! ….. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Cambridge.