Archive for August, 2011

20
Aug

Local Group Supports Fund

Posted in Posts  by Editor on August 20th, 2011

Alliston Friday Family Supper Group

A very special group of friends meet every Friday night for supper in downtown Alliston.  Paulette and Ian Ecker cook the main course from donated food and volunteers provide the rest of the dinner. They serve the home cooked meal to the folks who come; folks struggling to make ends meet.  A few years ago the group invited us to speak about the work we are doing in Kenya.  The Friday Family Supper group soon decided they wanted to help the less fortunate people in Africa.  They started to collect clothing and funds. Every year the amount of funds they have been able to spare from their meager incomes has increased.  This year the group gave a cheque for $1000 for the “Drought Relief Fund”. God bless you all, for caring and giving so generously.

2
Aug

Alliston couple aids Africa

Posted in Posts  by manage on August 2nd, 2011

SIMCOE COUNTY – Alliston’s Diane Laakso has seen firsthand the suffering in the drought-stricken horn of Africa – and she also knows every dollar Canadians give makes an impact.

The president of Graceland Africa Mission, Diane Laakso and her husband Gary, have been working in Kenya to build and run a school and orphanage and to teach agriculture and water conservation and harvesting.

“There’s such a focus on Somalian refugees pouring into Kenya. Obviously, the people are desperate, but the fact is these other areas (Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti) are really suffering too,” said Laakso, who established the charity in 2005 after repeatedly visiting Kenya…

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