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OK Clean Water Brunch October 19, 2014

Carmel Horan

On Sunday, October 19th the OK Clean Water Project held its annual Brunch at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre with 100 great supporters in attendance.

Alana Giustizia spoke compassionately about her trip to Cameroon in February of 2014 and the welcome that she received from the people. She was moved by the dedication of many who work so diligently to bring clean water to their villages. Alana also praised the work of Sister Cathy Molloy, cnd the coordinator and that of Edwin Visi, the consultant who trains the villagers to ensure the water projects are maintained. Sister Cathy and Edwin journey with the people with the emphasis on dialogue to promote sustainability.  Alana’s power point presentation illustrated the progress made over these eleven years with forty-three villages now accessing clean water. This trip also made it possible for Alana to visit with her aunt Sister Cecile Buote, cnd, who has lived in Cameroon for more than forty years.

Greetings from Sister Cathy Molloy, cnd,  were read  to the gathering. Sister Cathy emphasized the gratitude from those who have received access to the clean water as well as the progress she and Edwin are making with the newly formed advisory committee. She included the words of many Cameroonians who sing, “Water is Life! Together We are One!” They were present in spirit with those gathered for the Brunch.

All in attendance included many past supporters, as well as new participants who enjoyed the delicious food, the excellent presentation by Alana and the welcoming spirit of the committee and volunteers .We were most grateful to our University of Ottawa volunteers Pavlos, Akram, Michelle, Fares, Nicole, Viktor, and Jennifer.

A silent auction, raffle and craft table brought support from those present as well. The day’s proceeds which included a delicious breakfast-lunch brunch brought about a profit of $5,676 with 100 guests in attendance .All were most grateful to the staff of the Centurion Conference and Event Centre for the organization, food preparation and presentation. Thank you to all in attendance and to all for your ongoing support.

Beri Wo! Thank You!

 

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