Eat, drink, be merry and save an orphan
At first it was Sri Lankas surf that kept Lennox Head local Steve Lewis going back for more. The waves, the good food and the generosity of the people. But now when Steve and his wife Sue visit its to say hello to the 18 children who live in the orphanage they helped build last year part of their commitment to house the millions of orphaned children around the world.
Steve and Sue had been sending money to a local aid worker for years, but when they witnessed the devastation of the 2004 tsunami that left thousands of Sri Lankan children orphaned, they decided to take more serious action. The non-profit organisation Aussies for Orphans was formed and in less than two years the first orphanage, House of Hope, opened its doors.
Its not much but its something, said Steve of their efforts. If we can raise enough money to build one orphanage a year well feel like at least were doing something to help.
The next location for an orphanage is Malawi in Africa where, due to AIDS and severe poverty, there is an estimated orphaned population of between 950,000 and 1.2 million.
We need $120,000 to build an orphanage that will be home for 100 children, said Steve. It might seem like a drop in the ocean but what more can you do?
What you can do is buy a ticket to the Aussies for Orphans fundraising dinner at the Ballina RSL Club next Saturday, July 22. For $130 youll enjoy a three-course meal, wine, champagne, and entertainment by Sydney comedian and impersonator Rikky Organ and local band The Love Dogs. Theres also loads of prizes to be won.
We go out, have a great night, and a hundred kids get a home, said Steve. Its as simple as that.
To book a ticket phone Sue or Steve Lewis on 6687 6004 or 0423 555 739, or visit the website at www.aussiesfororphans.org.