Peninsula chipping event to benefit Uganda

Peninsula residents who've put off getting their Christmas tree chipped have an opportunity to add a charitable aspect to the occasion during a fundraising event at Peace Portal Alliance Church.

Youth and church leaders will be on hand at the 15128 27B Ave. church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 14 and 15) to help relieve citizens of their yuletide greenery. Donations will benefit an upcoming mission trip to Uganda.

Youth leader Brent White said he is among a group of about 20 people, including approximately 18 students – from Semiahmoo, Earl Marriott and Elgin Park secondaries, as well as White Rock Christian Academy – who are gearing up to spend three weeks in central Uganda this summer working with Peace Portal's sister church and ministries just outside of Mpiji.

The trip is an opportunity for the students to see and be part of the church's work in Uganda, where Peace Portal helps support three homes for orphaned children.

It is also about building relationships and broadening cultural understanding, White said.

"It really is a relational trip. Our church is really working towards, behind the scenes, doing more sustainable work."

The trip will be White's eighth with the church. As a result of his own experiences, the 23-year-old is confident students travelling with the group this year will benefit greatly from the opportunity.

"It changed my life," White said.

White first journeyed to Uganda when he was in Grade 11. After graduating, he spent time working in Egypt.

"It really kind of transformed my heart and opened my eyes to what's going on all over the world, and how we can help," he said.

"Definitely gave my life a little more purpose, a little more meaning… a lot more drive."

While dates for this summer's trip have not been nailed down, White said the group will head out near the end of July.

Donations this weekend and from other fundraising events will go towards the $3,500 per person cost.

Anyone without a tree to chip who is interested in donating to the Uganda effort may contact White at 604-836-2082, or drop by the church.


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