Dining to make a difference
Ticket holders for the second annual Oneness Gogo’s fundraising dinner Thursday were transported halfway across the globe without ever leaving the Peninsula.
Into The Heart of Africa featured a traditional African dinner consisting of dishes including chicken yassa, an African vegetable stew and a sweet malva pudding to finish off the meal.
The sold-out fundraiser will benefit the South Surrey/White Rock grandmothers’ cause – the Stephen Lewis Foundation – which supports African grandmothers caring for their grandchildren.
“The foundation created a Dare to Dine challenge which was taken up all across Canada. It could be something as simple as having neighbours over for lunch or doing a community dinner, like we are doing,” co-ordinator Penny Cuddy said.
The African theme continued throughout the night with entertainment by performers including Rhythm Well and Kesseke Yeo from dance company West meets West.
The goal was “to make you feel like you’ve walked into Africa,” Cuddy said.
The fundraiser was hoped to raise at least $4,000.
Last month, the gogos celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week by donating a large number of items collected by members to Umoja Newcomers Family Service Centre.
Donations included clothing, toiletries, toys, books and other household items.