It takes a village: raising funds for famine relief

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On Saturday, September 10th businesses in Vancouver’s Davie Village area will come together to help raise funds for Somalia famine relief.

It Takes A Village Somalia Famine ReliefThe “It Takes A Village” campaign will take place throughout the day & evening on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Numerous businesses, restaurants and bars along Davie Street will raise funds in conjunction with OXFAM Canada and the Canadian government’s East Africa Drought Relief Fund. Through donation jars, door proceeds, entertainment, food sales and raffles, the neighbourhood will band together to highlight this tragic situation and raise much needed dollars towards the relief effort.

“The business community really jumped on board right away when approached about this idea, and we hope to raise as much as possible to take advantage of the Government’s matching funds program. On September 10th we ask that patrons in the area donate generously towards Somalia relief efforts by frequenting businesses displaying the “It Takes A Village” poster in the window”, said Barb Snelgrove.

The UN has declared five areas in Somalia famine zones.  Out of a population of some 7.5 million people, 3.2 million Somalis are in need of immediate lifesaving assistance.

“East Africa’s humanitarian crisis is at the tipping point. Hundreds of thousands will face starvation unless donors step forward, maintain the generosity we have seen in recent weeks and help prevent a catastrophe,” said Oxfam Canada’s Executive Director Robert Fox.

It Takes a Village Campaign
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Each month 10,000 children are dying in Somalia from starvation.  On September 10 please help us help.  Davie Village has always been generous when needed and now we are going global during this very critical time in East Africa.  The “It Takes A Village” campaign will be a very special day in our community,  please support the cause by visiting the businesses displaying the poster shown above.  Come out and give what you can to help the relief effort abroad.

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