Barack Obama was once quoted as saying “If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” Project K achieved just that last night. Freshly laundered clothes and crisp, clean sheets may seem standard to you. But for a child living with HIV or AIDS, they could make the difference between life and death. The non-profit organization hosted their second annual fundraising event at La Toundra in Montreal to benefit the Kilema HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Center (CTC) at the Kilema District Hospital in Tanzania, Africa. The goal was to raise $50,000 to fund a much-needed laundry facility for the Kilema CTC.
To put you up to speed in 2004, the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) initiated an association with the Kilema District Hospital in Tanzania. In 2007, the Kilema HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Center (CTC) was built, housing a treatment clinic, a fully-equipped laboratory and, most importantly, the Tegemeo Kilema Orphans and Vulnerable Children Support Program for children affected with HIV/AIDS through mother-to-child transmission of the virus. In 2011, Project K: The Kilema Humanitarian Fund was launched to offer ongoing operational support to the CTC as they struggle to provide patients with a better quality of life. Freshly laundered clothes and clean sheets will not only bring comfort to those being treated for HIV/AIDS, but also offer proper sanitary conditions that will greatly reduce the patients’ risk of contracting other infectious illnesses including Hepatitis A and Typhoid Fever.
The gala fundraising event brought Montreal’s young professional community together to eat, drink and dance with delicious food provided by Olive Orange, a welcome cocktail by Cointreau, an open bar for wine and Krombacher beer, music by DJ Myles Hainsworth and an incredible silent auction featuring items by Micalla, Pretty Ballerinas, Lasik MD and tickets to see Sugar Sammy. In addition, guests had the opportunity to sample some of the best oysters in town at the Old Port Fishing Co. oyster bar!
The world has shrunk, poverty and sickness is a global reality that affects us, pulling on our heart and purse strings. Contributing to a cause like The Kilema Humanitarian Fund most certainly brought last night’s attendees a great deal of personal satisfaction, pride and friendships that will grace them as a result of their meaningful contributions.
For more information on Project K, please visit www.projectkilema.com.