By Laura Riley
On Saturday, April 26th, St. Norbert College Zambia Project hosted their largest annual fundraiser: The World of Hope Gala. The event took place on campus in Michels Ballroom. This year the event included a cash bar, silent auction, and featured performances by the Limanya Drum & Dance Ensemble as well as guest speaker, Austin Gutwein. Gutwein is a 19-year-old who has been working to raise funds for children orphaned by AIDS in Africa since he was 9 years-old. The purpose of the annual gala is to raise funds to support Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS). ZOCS’ main purpose is to provide every orphan-vulnerable child in Zambia with means to obtain a quality education, so they can build a sustainable livelihood.
Through the generosity of approximately 80 attendees, Zambia Project was able to raise a total of $2,869.75 at this year’s event. Twelve students who are members of Zambia Project volunteered their time to prepare for and coordinate the event. Below are two reflections about the gala.
“The gala really made me think about what I am doing with my life and what I should be doing. It made me realize that even though I may feel insignificant, one person can still make a big difference.” – Hayley Bertrand, Gala Attendee
“The gala was especially close to my heart because in three weeks I will be heading to the Zambia Open Community Schools. Being able to see all of the people who actively support Zambia Project was really inspiring to me. I am so blessed to be part of a project that puts so much emphasis on making the world a better place and I can’t wait to bring hope for education to Zambia, Africa.” – Jennifer Roberts, Zambia Project Member