Tigrai Online, September 19, 2013
VANCOUVER, BC – Ethiopian-Canadians residing in the greater Vancouver area have now raised a total of $106,355 USD in donations and bond purchases in three fundraising events that took place in April, August and September 2013 in Vancouver, BC. These three fundraising activities were all organized by Ethio Abay Development Association of BC for the benefit of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.
Here is the breakdown:
The first fundraising took place in the spring of 2013. At this drive, a total of $80,000 USD was raised.
The second event took place on August 24, 2013 at the Ethiopian Axum Restaurant, where a large enthusiastic crowd gathered and enjoyed a delicious dinner; and this event raised $16,155 USD in bond purchases and donations. Attendees invested in bonds, bought cultural adornments, and purchased 50/50 tickets.
The third event took place on September 08, 2013 at Stanley Park in the city of Vancouver, BC, where participants run 10 Km in memory of Meles Zenawi, the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia. This running event raised a total of $10,200 USD in bond purchases and donations.
These two most recent events were a continuation of the initial fundraising event that took place in April, 2013 at which event more than $80,000 USD was raised.
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“Ethiopians in the Vancouver area have worked so hard to make these recent two fundraising events very successful” says Mr. Kassa Seged, Communications Direct at Ethio Abay BC. “Both the dinner and the running events have raised more than what we anticipated. We will continue to support the GERD project until it is fully completed. We will have at least one fundraising event a year towards the fulfillment of the GERD project. This project will definitely help Ethiopia’s economy in the long term, and we are excited to be part of the new generation that is determined to make this project a reality.”
“A large number of people who came out for the dinner fundraiser had a great time at Axum restaurant, which graciously made their facility available for this event for free of charge. The Meles Zenawi run was held appropriately at Stanley Park, reflecting the green legacy of Meles Zenawi. Since we started the campaign earlier this spring, we have raised a total of $106,355 USD – this amount is a moving target, as people who did not get the chance to attend the fundraising events will continue to join the rest of us by buying bonds and making donations in the coming weeks and months. We want to thank everyone who participated in these fundraising events”, says Mrs. Freweyni Tesfay, GERD organizing committee chairperson for Vancouver chapter.For more information, please contact:
In similar news, Ethiopians who live in Stockholm, Sweden held very successful fundraising event to support the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Over 400 Ethiopians took part in the event and at raised over 200,000 Swedish Krona or $31,117.00 dollars in support of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
The event was organized in connection with the Ethiopian New year. The Ethiopian Conul General in Stockholm Mrs. Mebrat Beyene briefed the participants on the progress of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and other projects in Ethiopia.