In this issue:

- Message from Susan Janetti

- List of Donation Items Needed for Container

- Annual Fundraising African Dinner - Saturday, Oct. 20

- Annual Art Sale - Saturday Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4

- Refundable bottles return

Message from Susan Janetti

Hello everyone,

Zimbabwe is holding its breath as they wait for election day. Will there really be a free and fair election? Why should they trust? There has not been honesty at the polls for at least 35 years? Promises everywhere. We sit in Canada and hope and pray wanting to believe. Election being held the end of July.

Actually, we don’t just sit, what am I saying? Every day brings its own work load of phone calls, emails, packing boxes, putting together power points, meeting people, speaking where asked about our projects, planning for garage sales, dinners and art sales. The list goes on and although it occupies thoughts all day, I love it.

What have I been doing for the last month? Joining Instagram: go to - Instagram zimbabwegeckosociety and see our new site and read our daily messages. For those of you like me who didn’t know about Instagram click on each picture and you can read the stories. Follow us for almost daily reports. You can of course also Like the pictures. Feel free to write and ask questions.

One of the reasons for joining Instagram is we need to raise funds to continue our work in Zimbabwe. We would very much like to send another container full of medical, school, library, carpentry, sewing supplies to mention a few. See below for a list of needed container items. What will it cost? $15,000. Some may say that is a lot but everything in the container besides one or two items are donated. Thousands of dollars’ worth of goods. Thousands of dollars of new hope and new life to communities. Can you help? Donate at our website. zimbabwegecko.com click on Donate - and follow the simple instructions.

I seldom ask for donations outside of our dinner. This year I only have $1200 towards the container costs and I have to collect donations and have everything packed July- Aug- September. It takes 3 months to do that. I have in faith already started collecting and storing goods. No amount is too little. It all adds up.

CTT, where we just put our last big project of two containers turned into carpentry and sewing centers, have recently turned out over 50 bee hives for their own bee keeping project and will, once they get to 100, be selling them to the community who are already wanting to place orders. CTT accommodates 609 orphans and vulnerable children attending school as well as two meals a day as well as art and recreation.

Rasper Farm wellness center has supported the community women with a safe and clean delivery room with two skilled midwives Sibongele and Marion. Sibongele has also assisted many with the Tylenol and Polysporin collected in Canada. Burns have been a high priority this month and these medicines may well have saved the lives of several people who were severely burnt. Clean bandages, sterile water as well as the Polysporin and good medical care.
Next newsletter I will share more about the benefits of sending a container. For right now I just need to get started.

Thank you everyone for your support!

Susan Janetti.

List of Donation Items Needed for Container

We are busy filling another container to be shipped to Zimbabwe in a couple of months. Here are a list of needed items. If you can help in any way, or aren't sure if certain items are feasible, please don't hesitate to contact Susan at 604-531-3654 or e-mail zimbabwegecko@gmail.com

Building Materials:
  • 2" x 4" x 12" wood for roofing the container
  • 48 metal sheets for roofing
  • Nails, screws, hardware
  • Carpentry tools. To build a carpentry workshop
  • Strong Gardening Tools, no plastic.

Sewing Center supplies:
  • Fabric,
  • Needles, pins tape measures, scissors, thread.
  • Wool and knitting needles
  • Sewing machines,
  • Silks, lace and all supplies.
School supplies:
  • Early education readers in particular
  • Childrens’ books. No Harry Potter or space. Basic reading books up to 15 years
  • Small toys, cars, dolls especially black,
  • Pens, pencils, crayons, coloring books
  • Good used clothing especially children’s and party dresses.
  • Shoes, especially children. No very high heels.
Medical supplies: Urgently needed
  • Tylenol, Polysporin, Aspirin and any non prescription items,
  • Sutures, bandages, band aids, you name it!!

Annual African Dinner

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

Come and join us at the WRBC for for our Annual Fundraising Dinner. Tickets are now available for purchase. Come and enjoy an African dinner with new and old friends. The evening will consist of door prizes, our very popular wine and basket raffles, and of course a presentation by Susan featuring the work and progress being done in Zimbabwe. You can buy individual tickets or a table of 8 to 10 people. Tickets are $40 each. To purchase and reserve your spot, contact Susan Janetti by email at zimbabwegecko@gmail.com or by phone at 604-531-3654. We are already busy making preparations and are looking forward to seeing all of you for a great evening in great company!

Annual African Art Sale

Saturday November 3, 2018 - 8:30 am to 4pm
Sunday November 4, 2017 - 9 am to 4pm
Ocean Park Hall - 1577-128 Street, South Surrey

We are having another weekend African Arts & Craft Sale!!!

We will be featuring unique paintings, soap stone crafts, hand painted Batik tablecloths, hand crafted bowls and spoons, baskets, beaded animals, beaded Christmas ornaments, hand crafted cards, and so much more. Paintings are priced to sell, well under their value in order to support Zimbabwe artists so that they can continue to paint. We have a selection of well known artists who have appeared in the Zimbabwe Art Magazine.
Chutney and Apple Butter with recipes will be available again this year. They make great hostess gifts. Home made cakes and cookies will also be available for purchase.
Join us for a cup of coffee and some delicious home made Chicken Pie and gravy and learn about what we do.
Get your Christmas shopping done early with these unique gift ideas and stocking stuffers, and make a difference in the world by supporting our worthy cause! 100% of the funds raised will go to supporting widows and orphans in Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Gecko Society.

We look forward to seeing you there!
batik tablecloth

Bottle returns

Do you have refundable bottles, juice boxes, and cans cluttering your home space? The thought of sorting them all is making you procrastinate? If you would like an easy solution, you can bring them to the White Rock Return It Depot at 3221 140 St, S. Surrey. Just say you want the proceeds to go to account #41, and that's it! You just walk away and don't even have to sort them!

Thank you to all who have contributed to our account so far. We have recently collected $350.

Thank-You for your support!

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