Sala Hantle Walk & Fun Run

January 21, 2009 by  
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The Sala Hantle Africa Walk & Fun Run is a University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences fundraiser for sub-Saharan African communities devastated by HIV/AIDS. This year the event is being expanded in partnership with VIDEA to include a fundraising run at Elk and Beaver Lakes in Victoria, as well as the primary event at UBC on March 15th, 2009.

Sala Hantle Walk & Fun Run 2008

Sala Hantle (Stay Well) Africa is a project of the Saltspring Organization for Life Improvement and Development (SOLID). In early 2007, SOLID members Beth Gessinger, a nurse, and Anna Callegari, a pharmacist, traveled to Africa and identified several local projects critical to communities so heavily impacted by poverty and AIDS. With financial and human resources in such severe shortage, these projects continue to struggle to maintain even the most basic operations. This is where Sala Hantle Africa lends their support by providing direct financial aid to HIV/AIDS support and care institutions and organizations, and through securing in-kind support such as medical supplies, pharmaceutical drugs and other necessary supplies and equipment.

Sala Hantle Africa’s projects include:
– Supporting a comfort fund and training of Home Based Care workers in the Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Centre in Malawi
– Support for a clinic and basic medical care of the Kambhoke Orphan and Vulnerable Children School in Swaziland
– Supporting a community clinic at the Phelisanong Disabled HIV-AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children Community Project in Lesotho

For more information on the Sala Hantle Africa Walk & Fun Run, please visit and for more information on SOLID projects, please visit the other pages on this site.

Grandmothers to Grandmothers Scrabble Tournament

January 14, 2009 by  
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Please Join Us! Everybody Welcome!

Get pledges from your friends to play scrabble for The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. All money collected goes to African grandmothers supporting their grandchildren. Play during the week of February 21-27 at games around the island, or have your own scrabble house party. Have fun while supporting African families devastated by HIV/AIDS. Download pledge sheets here or pick up at SaltSpring Inn, SaltSpring Literacy Office, Patterson’s, SOLID Exchange or SaltSpring Seniors for Seniors.

Public Games:
Saturday, Feb 21/09      2pm   PUBLIC LIBRARY
Monday, Feb 23/09        2pm   SALTSPRING INN
Tuesday, Feb 24/09       1:30pm OAP, Fulford
Tuesday, Feb 24/09       2pm   LITERACY OFFICE
Tuesday, Feb 24/09       5:30pm  LITERACY OFFICE
Wednesday, Feb 25/09  2pm   SALTSPRING INN
Thursday, Feb 26/09      2pm   PUBLIC LIBRARY
Grand Finale:  Friday Febuary 27/09    7pm LION’S HALL

Contact us for other locations and ideas for private scrabble parties:
Oni Freeman, or Patricia Brown,

Who Are We Helping?
Founded in March 2003, the Stephen Lewis Foundation helps to ease the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa at the grassroots level. It provides care to women who are ill and struggling to survive; assists orphans and other AIDS affected children; supports heroic grandmothers who almost single-handedly care for their orphan grandchildren; and supports associations of people living with HIV/AIDS. As of June 2008, the SLF had distributed and committed more than $22 million to grassroots initiatives across 15 sub-Saharan African countries, with millions more under consideration. For more information on the types of projects the SLF fund, the Grandmothers Campaign, and to access the latest news and resources, please visit the Stephen Lewis Foundation website

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