Minto Church changing lives

Cole Carruthers
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City of Moose Jaw

The only thing that can make a good meal great, is knowing the proceeds raised will help change lives.

The Minto United Church held its annual charity dinner on Saturday to raise funds for international education and infrastructure initiatives in Romania and Africa.

The proceeds will go to the church’s outreach program, the International Children’s Awareness (ICA) benefit that is building a school and hospital in Cameroon, Africa; and helping to put five Romanian women through university.

“ICA was initially involved with the Romanian youth, who were orphaned, and we continue to be involved in providing funding,” Minto volunteer Carol Parchman told the Times-Herald. “Are main push now is providing funding for projects in Cameroon.”

Parchman said the projects range from helping to build schools, medical centres and clean water.

“Health, education and clean water are needed in villages and a large quantity of books donated were able to establish a library, which eventually morphed into a school,” Parchman added.

According to Parchman, The Romanian project was initiated by the former president of ICA, Ed Smith. “He was based in Moose Jaw and came and spoke at the church about the situation in Romania. Four of the orphaned girls were able to visit Moose Jaw and share their experiences.”

For more information on the charity events Minto United Church are currently involved in, call: 693-6148.

To learn more about ICA Canada, visit: www.icacanada.org.

For more on this story pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Minto Church, ICA Canada, Times-Herald International Children

Geographic location: Romania, Africa, Cameroon Moose Jaw

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