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Zimbabwe Gecko Society Art Sale – November 2014

SONY DSCWe’re having an Art Sale fundraiser! One day only, Saturday November 22nd from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the Ocean Park Hall (1577-128 Street Surrey).
We’ll be featuring unique paintings, art pieces, trays, craft items, fabrics, baskets and beaded ornaments, all hand-made by Zimbabwean artists. 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!
Coffee and refreshments will be available. All funds raised will go to supporting widows and orphans in Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Gecko Society.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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New Website 2014

SONY DSCWe are pleased to present our new-and-improved website, now with the most up-to-date information regarding the Zimbabwe Gecko Society. We encourage everyone to take a tour of the site as much of the information has changed, and is now in a modern, easy-to navigate design. We have included more information on the partnership with Dr Ray Markham under the page “Healthcare“, and  we encourage you to keep an eye on this page as we will be providing periodic updates there as the project progresses.

Thanks everyone for your continued support!

Fundraising Dinner 2014

Our Annual Fundraising Dinner is October 18th, 2014!

Doors Open: 6pm
Dinner: 6:30pm sharp
Tickets: $35 ea.

We would love to see you at the dinner this year, in support of a great cause. If you are able, please book a table of 8 and invite your friends to this fun event. First booked get the front seats.

Booking a table is a huge help to us! Plus it ensures you get to enjoy dinner with people you enjoy 🙂 Book 2 or 3 if you want – collect the ticket price and mail Susan a cheque or pay her personally.

Dinner Includes:

• Butter Chicken

• Chicken Pot Pies

• Vegeterian Bean/Chick pea  dish

• Rice

• Salads

• Cobs Bread

• Punch

• Tea/Coffee

LOTS OF DOOR PRIZES  –   WINE BOARD –  GIFT BASKET DRAW – ART  and of course the Gecko table will be available

An opportunity to donate to the Medical Clinic or projects will be available after the presentation; please consider your gift prayerfully.

If you’d like to buy tickets or book a table, please contact Susan Janetti at (604) 531-3654 or by email at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Garage Sale is This Weekend!

DSC02462Our Annual Garage sale is this Saturday, May 24th, from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm at the White Rock Baptist Church (1657 140th Street, Surrey BC). Be sure to join us for some great deals and goodies. All proceeds will benefit the Zimbabwe Gecko Society, which will help us continue our amazing programs that are changing lives for the better in Zimbabwe.

Please call Sue at (604) 531-3654 or email her at if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.

Thank-You for your support and generosity!

Fundraising Dinner 2013

The fundraising dinner on October 19th was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who helped make it the most successful dinner we’ve had. Susan and a team of volunteers did an amazing job ensuring everyone had a delicious meal, with great presentations on what the society has been doing this past year and what they are planning for the future.

We will be providing more updates on the dinner along with photos in the coming weeks, so make sure you stay tuned!

The Penny Story

Judah and Abigail delivering their donation
Judah and Abigail delivering their donation

Judah (age six) wanted to give all of the pennies that his family had to the ‘poor’ kids in Africa. He and his sister Abigail (age four-and-a-half) rolled all their pennies, by themselves, and they ended up with fourteen rolls, or seven dollars worth. They put them in a box to deliver them to Susan, and Judah made a note on the box that said, “Money for the Poor.” It’s wonderful to see young children have such compassion for others, and take the initiative to make a difference.

Thanks Judah and Abigail for your support!

Need A Creative Idea For Your Next Party?

Host a Shipping Container Party!
Ask your friends and family to bring items to be donated to our new Container Project. Items we need most are medical supplies (such as Tylenol, Polysporin, Aspirin, etc), new or gently used clothing for children up to age 15, and a variety of non-electronic tools (including gardening tools).

Looks like fun!
Looks like fun!

Jane from Vernon recently hosted a Medical Party for her 60th birthday (for guests to donate medicine) and even invited her guests to wear their best (or silliest) hats to be judged in a Best Hat Contest!

Thanks Jane and Greg for your wonderful donations!

Knitting Up A Storm!

SONY DSCThe ladies of the Peace Portal Alliance Church have been busy sewing and knitting items for Susan to take to Zimbabwe. They’ve also provided step-by-step instructions and patterns to teach to the micro-business projects we support in Zimbabwe, so widows can create their own source of income by creating quality handmade items and selling them.

SONY DSCThe amount of time, energy and creativity these volunteers have put into this project is truly impressive, and Susan remarked she had a wonderful time sharing stories with the ladies while they taught her how to sew some of the basic patterns, and felt truly blessed by their generous hearts.

Thanks to all who participated! It’s gestures like this that truly make a difference in the lives of those suffering in Zimbabwe.

We're Sending A Shipping Container to Zimbabwe!

And we need your help to fill it full of desperately-needed supplies!

We need to collect enough items to fill a 40-foot shipping container by mid-September, so that it can be sent to Zimbabwe in January 2014. If you’ve been waiting to do your Spring Cleaning or love getting great deals at Garage Sales, please consider donating to our cause!

shipping container libraryThe list of items we need is on our website (click here to view our Container Project page) and as items start coming in we will update the list. Susan is available to collect items; please contact her to arrange a time and place to drop off your donations.

All the items we collect will be benefitting the various programs we support in Zimbabwe, from building schools to teaching farming methods, and the container will be converted into a Community Library where locals can have a quiet place to read and children can do their homework.

Thanks everyone for your continued support!

Less Than Two Weeks to the Garage Sale!

garagesaleThe Zimbabwe Gecko Society’s Annual Fundraising Garage Sale is less than two weeks away! Please be sure to collect any new or gently used items you’d like to donate, and join us on Saturday, April 20th for some great deals!

Saturday April 20th 2013
from 8:00am-2:00pm
at the White Rock Baptist Church
(1657 140th St Surrey BC)

How You Can Help:

  • Save your new or gently used items that you no longer use (no electronics or large furniture please).
  • Deliver them on Friday April 19th between 5pm and 9pm to the White Rock Baptist Church.
  • Help us by volunteering on the 19th and 20th!

Members of the White Rock Baptist Church please keep in mind the youth group will be holding their garage sale April 27th and they would like your support as well. Both garage sales will have great bargains!

For further information please contact Susan Janetti at

We look forward to seeing you there!