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2020 Oct 28 Newsletter

Hello to all our supporters,

Thank you for making our fundraiser a fun and successful event!  Our attempt at recreating our annual dinner was appreciated by those attending, with lots of food preorders for part of the meal we would normally eat. We also had two wine boards holding 12 bottles on each board,  beautiful gift baskets for 19 winners,  the Gecko table and the beaded ornaments. In addition there were a few components from the art sale, as well as Apple Sauce and Chutney for sale.  There were hand knitted items as well as African art and crafts. There is some  beautiful artwork still left if you are interested.  I no longer publicize in newsletters  the amount raised from the fundraiser; however please feel free to e-mail me if you wish to know. We also received some donations prior to the event for which we are very thankful.   Thank you to all who gave of their time and energy for the event. 

We very much appreciate all of you who attended the  event as well as those who gave the extra donations.   This year’s dinner fundraiser, even with the necessary cutbacks, has been our solitary fundraiser.    

We have continued in faith with our projects in Zimbabwe, despite everything.  The school is 100% ready with children expected to arrive in November.     Our tailor has been busy making uniforms.  Grass is being planted for the playground (planting delayed until the seasonal rains came)  The gardens are nearly ready to sell Covo, pumpkins and squash.The shop is extending help to those who find it impossible to get to the shops to buy their basic food rations, etc.  The Carpentry Center is using the mill to produce sheets of wood for making items.  Coffins have been in demand of late.  The clinic  now has a Dr. or professional nurse who makes visits for set appointment days.   People trained in first aid are at the ready daily for the numerous accidents that occur. 

The children’s Sunday School is growing by the week.  The adult church is also growing weekly and is building relationships through study and worship together.  The church oversees daily feeding programs  for the vulnerable, children and seniors, and volunteers hand out maize meal on Sundays.   Most of the people are hungry and many are starving. 
The  EFCCM benevolent fund has provided 17 tons of maize with 5 tons recently delivered.  White Rock Baptist Church Life Groups raised enough funds for 25 tons of maize which  has literally kept people alive while the lockdown was in force.       

Our  chicken programs are a great success  with the funds going toward helping others get started, toward food supplies, fun days, wages  etc.     We currently  need a new male goat as births have dropped off. 
Soon  we  will have a  pig sty and pigs.   Does anyone want to give a friend a pig for Christmas? Please let me know.   You will receive a letter of donation and a little pink or black pig  to remind them  of your generosity.  When enough is collected, a pig will be purchased.    A pregnant sow costs $200  and gives birth to 10 piglets  3 months  3 days and 3 hours later.   This building of a pig pen for pig and piglets  costs $700  which also allows for growth. 
should create an interesting reply to, “What did you get for Christmas?”

MEMO, with Dr. Jerome  Harvey overseeing with volunteers,  have just sent a container to Dr Paul Thistle at Karunda Mission Hospital  Paul is now dealing with a good part of the country trying to get to Karunda for medical treatment.  The Memo container also includes 10 crates we have filled for our ministry.  Another  container was sent in early October containing just about everything including the kitchen sink and toilets.   MEMO has a special heart for some boys  known as the WEDZA boy  living in Wedza.    They will soon have a home in two containers,  which will be positioned with a 20′ gap between them and the gap filled in with brick housing.   See picture of the building.   This started with two containers sent for ZGS  earlier in the year.   This will be the boys’ home and school.   Judy Travers from IMIRI is overseeing the project and MEMO will equip it. We have already sent  many blankets, sheets, pots, pans, plates and dishes to get them started.Truly their lives will be changed forever.  

Compassionate Warehouse, overseen by Dell Marie and her team, will be sending a container for us in December.  (We already have all we need and more besides, thank you)    Dell and her team pack the container with  everything from medical supplies to garden tools.    All  of the gifts help us meet our mandate  to provide  clean water,  agriculture, education, church, health clinics.  It is amazing what goes into these containers .  I always liken it to the goods going in as marshmallows…they go in tight and don’t allow for an inch of space and when the container is open and they come out they all puff up again and it is unbelievable that the goods in fact were all in that 40 foot  container.  

It is donors who make all this possible, providing the goods, containers, funds to send the containers and funds to pay duty, taxes and the trucks to deliver it all.    
–          donors who give funds for the projects mentioned above, as well as                             money for the builders, the buildings, the animals, and the food;
–          donors who give Bibles, pots and pans, fabric, their grandmother’s                               beautiful treadle sewing machine.  
       There is sacrificial giving of all kinds !

I am feeling somewhat reflective as I write this today,   I believe it is because I am overwhelmed  by the generosity that has allowed ZGS to continue–because of your donations in a time when I didn’t know how we  could still move forward without our normal fundraising events.  God is surely in control. 

This is not just the ministry of ZGS… rather, it is the ministry of all of you and us together.     THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for partnering with us.

May God  bless each one of you!

Sue and Frank
Founders, Zimbabwe Gecko Society

2020 Zimbabwe fundraiser

Zimbabwe Gecko 2 day mini art sale, wine board, gecko sale and more

Friday Oct 16th and Sat Oct 17 2020

9:00-4:00 p.m.

White Rock Baptist Church
1657 140th Street, Surrey, BC

The details

Dear friends and supporters,

For 2 days we are having a mini sale of gorgeous original art, wonderful wire creations such as geckos, lawn ornaments and many different animals.
We will have wine board tickets and baskets that you can buy tickets for your chance to win. There will be beautiful table cloths, and much much more.
Our supporters have been busy making hand knit doll accessories, hand knit socks, cards, painted rocks and of course Sue’s famous chutney.

We care for your safety and have Covid precautions in place. Please be aware that it may take longer to see everything as we will be limiting how many people can be inside at one time.

100% of the money raised will  go towards our many programs that help those in need in Zimbabwe!

How You Can Help:

• If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation.

 • Pass the word on to your friends!

Thank you!

2016 Annual Garage Sale

Zimbabwe Gecko Society Annual Garage Sale

Saturday May 21, 2016  

8:30 am – 2 pm

White Rock Baptist Church
1657 140th Street, Surrey, BC

Start Saving your donation Items!

Dear friends and supporters,

Our annual garage sale gets bigger and better every year, and we are starting to prepare for this year’s event!

Please help us out, if you can, by donating items or by volunteering.

100% of the money raised will  go towards our awesome programs that help those in need in Zimbabwe!

How You Can Help:

• Save your new or gently used items that you no longer need (no electronics or large furniture please).

• Deliver them to the White Rock Baptist Church on Friday May 20th, between 2 pm and 8 pm.

• Help us by volunteering on  May 20th and May 21st (contact Marie – see info below).

• Pass the word on to your friends!

For further information please contact Marie Smith at mariebeaudette@hotmail.com
(604) 535-0602

Thank-you!!

Weekend African Art Sale – Oct. 31- Nov.1, 2015

After our huge success last year, we are having another African Art Sale!!!

Saturday October 31st –  8:30am to 5:00pm

Sunday November 1st  – 8:30am to 5:00pm

 at the Ocean Park Hall – 1577-128 Street, S.Surrey

We will be featuring unique paintings, art pieces, trays, craft items, fabrics, tablecloths, 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. 100% of funds raised will go to supporting widows and orphans in Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Gecko Society.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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!

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 zimbabwegecko@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!