The Zimbabwe Gecko Society will fill this container and sent it to Africa full of much-needed supplies.

The Zimbabwe Gecko Society will fill this container and sent it to Africa full of much-needed supplies.

Sending aid to orphans in Zimbabwe

South Surrey-founded Gecko Society filling 40-foot container

Members of a non-profit organization benefiting widows and orphans in Zimbabwe are filling and sending a 40-foot shipping container with much-needed items to Africa.

The Zimbabwe Gecko Society – founded in 2008 by South Surrey couple Susan and Frank Janetti – aims to have the shipping container arrive in Zimbabwe by mid-January 2014.

The large blue container will be filled with art supplies, baking utensils, clothes, medication and many other desperately needed supplies.

Once emptied, the container will then be converted into a community library.

While most items are readily accepted, furniture and electrical items are not, with the exception of old sewing machines, as they can be converted into treadle-type machines.

It is requested that items be in new condition, complete and clean.

The Zimbabwe Gecko Society was founded as a response to the “horrendous circumstances facing orphaned children in Zimbabwe” according to the website.

To donate to the container project, contact Susan at zimbabwegecko@gmail.com or by phone at 604-531-3654.

The society will also host a fundraising dinner Oct. 19 at the White Rock Baptist Church.

For more information on the project, or to purchase tickets to the fundraiser, visit the society online at www.zimbabwegecko.com