Silent Auction November 27, 2011

November 20, 2011 by  
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Silent Auction

Summer 2011 Newsletter

November 20, 2011 by  
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See the Summer 2011 SOLID newsletter

Salt Spring Islanders Buy Goats (Kenya)

Provisions for Women and Girls (Kenya)

Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Update (Malawi)

Alternate Rites of Passage for Kenyan girls

Lifeline Lights in Kenya

Kwizera Recording in Rwanda

Tasaru and the Maasai Beyond (Kenya)

The SOLID Exchange (Salt Spring Island)


October 24, 2009 by  
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SOLID I-SEA Fundraiser Nov 01, 2009

SOLID I-SEA Fundraiser Nov 01, 2009

Sunday, November 1st, Harbour House, @ 6:30-9pm. Join us for an evening of fun and eco-shopping as you bid on over 80 items in our silent auction. There will be wonderful food and also music by Stephanie Rhodes and Billie Woods. Tickets are only $10.00.

All proceeds go to SOLID’s projects in Africa and I-SEA’s local sustainability projects. Come on out and help support these great organizations and the work that they do.

Contact: Margery Moore – 250-537-4400 or 202-494-0534 or or

Got Face Book?  Please view our Event Page for photos or items that will be up for auction.

Great Lake Walk, September 19, 2009

September 12, 2009 by  
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On September 19th Meron Moroz and Sam Barlow of SaltSpring Island will walk 56 km in the Great Lake Walk around Cowichan Lake. We will be fundraising for two organizations, SOLID and Partners for Others.

SOLID supports several projects in Sub-Saharan Africa including a school for orphans, gardens, paliative care centre, cultural centre, disabled centre and a girls rescue centre.

Partners for Others has shipped over 2 million pounds of donated goods to the South Pacific, Asia the Carribean and Southern Africa. They have provided jobs, tools and equipment that have allowed men and women in Swaziland to earn a living, support their own families and, in turn, to pay school fees for over 160 children in their community.

To donate to this fundraising project please contact the SOLID office, 125 McPhillips Avenue, SaltSpring Island, BC, V8K 2T6, or through this website. We can issue Canadian and US tax receipts, please visit the “What You Can Do” tab for instructions.


April 24, 2009 by  
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Memeza Africa, the masterful fusion of African and Canadian music, dance and spirit are returning to Canada after a hugely successful tour to sold out audiences throughout Western Canada in 2008. Memeza Africa will be performing at

The ArtSpring Theatre on Salt Spring Island Sunday May 17, 2009 at 2:30p.m.

This profoundly powerful and spirited group features South African artist Jimmy Mulovhedzi together with Canadian singer/songwriter Holly Wright supported by an ensemble of 18 dynamic singers, drummers and dancers from Soweto, South Africa. This unique fusion of African and Western music combined with the energy of the traditional African rhythms and dance, had audiences dancing in the aisles, weeping with emotion and on their feet in thunderous applause in praise of this show on their 2008 tour.

Members of this group have performed for or shared the stage with: Nelson Mandela; Oprah Winfrey; Quincy Jones; Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Soweto Gospel Choir and kd lang. They were selected as the entertainers for the FIFA Confederations Cup Draw in Johannesburg South Africa in November of 2008 and are now bringing their incredible talent to Canada. For further information visit

Newsletter March 2009

March 23, 2009 by  
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March 2009 Update

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

Extended Care Scrabble Tournament
Scrabble Tournament at Extended Care

The 2009 SOLID Calendar

December 11, 2008 by  
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The Salt Spring Organization for Life Improvement and Development are proud to announce their calendar for 2009. All proceeds from the sales of the calendar are going to help the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Currently the calendar is available at the store, SOLID Exchange, Thursday to Sundays @ 125 McPhillips Avenue, across the street from the Island Savings Credit Union.

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