UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this event has been postponed indefinitely.
Submitted to The Record
Members of the Comox Valley community are raising funds for the education of a young Kenyan woman, Stella Robi, whom they have brought to the Valley to complete her tertiary education at North Island College. As her original benefactor’s situation has changed, she now needs additional funding in order to complete her final year.
“Best believe that I’ve come a long way to be here in the Comox Valley: from Africa to the Middle East and now to North America.
“It all started in the Middle East when I was going about my day-to-day chores cleaning houses and babysitting to make extra money. I met this lovely lady who was visiting from the Comox Valley. I should say she saw something in me that prompted her to seek a conversation. One chat led to another, a bunch of obstacles were passed, life sacrifices made, and here I am!
“I enrolled and graduated as a Health Care Assistant student in 2017 and am currently studying to become a Social Service Worker. I feel very fortunate to be here and the Comox Valley community has really come together to offer me support and encouragement on this life journey.”
Readers who feel moved to help Robi reach her goals, or are curious about Africa, are invited to join her community for a fun evening – which will include an “Armchair Travel Slide Talk about KwaZulu, the Land of the Zulu People” – on Saturday, April 4.
Our journey showcasing the smallest and lesser-known province of South Africa will begin in the majestic 3,000-metre high Drakensberg Mountains and end on the tropical coast, as our tour guide weaves a rich tapestry, with threads consisting of the natural and cultural history intertwined with a weft composed of the underlying geology that shaped it all.
Guiding us along this exotic journey will be Christina Nienaber-Roberts, a KwaZulu Natal native, former geologist, international speaker, Comox Valley resident and craniosacral therapist.
At this event additional opportunities to help Stella in manifesting her dream to complete her final year’s studies at NIC will include: a 50/50 draw and a silent auction; while a call will go out to anyone with great fundraising ideas and a willingness to help generate the $16,000 we need.
This inspiring opportunity to give and receive will take place at the Stan Hagan Theatre at North Island College on Saturday April 4. Doors open at 6 for a silent auction; talk at 7 p.m. Tickets, at $20 cash, are available from Laughing Oyster Books, Blue Heron Books, or Cheryl Macdonald (250-339-3679. FMI about this evening – or to donate good quality silent auction items – call Cheryl Macdonald at 250-339-3679. FMI on our tour guide please visit www.relaxandfeelradiant.com