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Dinner party to raise money for Kenya

Charity organization founder says money goes towards core programs

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Cat Ross is the organizer of the “Crossing Plains” event taking place at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport - Polo Park on March 13.

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Cat Ross is the organizer of the “Crossing Plains” event taking place at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport - Polo Park on March 13. Photo Store

There’s no need to cross any plains for this dinner raising money for Africa.

The Kenya Initiative for Development & Sustainability (K.I.D.S.) Initiative will hold Crossing Plains, its annual fundraising dinner at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport – Polo Park (1740 Ellice Ave.) on March 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $50, and they can be purchased at the Holiday Inn or by contacting the K.I.D.S. Initiative founder, Cat Ross, at cat@kidsinitiative.ca or 204-770-6422.

According to Ross, there will be tapas, wine, beer, and other refreshments at the event, as well as many different performers, including drummer Bola Oriyomi, The Craig & Ash Band, and Ariel Shatsky. A five-minute video will be shown, highlighting K.I.D.S. Initiative’s accomplishments and showing guests where the money goes to.

K.I.D.S. Initiative promotes development work and finds sustainable solutions through its partner programs in Kenya.

"We support them through local fundraising in Canada, through different fundraising events and programs," Ross said.

"Every year, we go on a distribution trip and we purchase materials to distribute to the programs we support."

The five core programs to which the funds go are the Ndii-ini Primary School, Mama Tunza’s Children Centre, Kieni Fighters of HIV/AIDS, Juja Farm Spirulina Program, and Giwa Farm Resettlement, Rongai Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp.

Ross began her journey into philanthropy while volunteering at Nine Circles Community Health Centre (705 Broadway Ave.), teaching other volunteers about HIV and AIDS in Africa.

"It felt weird to be teaching it without experiencing it firsthand. That’s when I started researching different opportunities to volunteer abroad," Ross said.

K.I.D.S. Initiative was created in 2010, but was officially registered as a charity in January of 2013.

For more information about the event or about K.I.D.S. Initiative, visit kidsinitiative.ca

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