Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Children: all forty of them!

Hi everyone,

I had a very anxiety provoking thought the other day.  Somehow, when Bracelet of Hope’s Foster Home Programme was caring for 10 children, then 20, then 30, I hardly took notice.  Recently, when our numbers expanded to 40, it felt like all of them had jumped on my shoulders, spending the minutes and hours of each day propped up there, reminding me of the value of their lives and just how fragile their survival is.     

My forty children:  these are some of the poorest children in the world; orphaned in a resource poor country where the work of organizations like Bracelet of Hope is vital to their survival.  Over the next several weeks, I will write about their lives from the point of view of Brad Woods, a Guelph- based teacher and storyteller who just returned from Lesotho.  His stories will show that these beautiful children not only survive, but thrive.

I have challenged the board of Bracelet of Hope to raise $30,000 over the next five weeks.  We’re calling it the Falling Leaves Battle of the Board. On October 28th we will compete against each other in various walks, runs and cycles.  I am competing against my longtime friend and fellow cyclist, Dr. Rob Butler. He is stronger, faster and more fit than me but we’ll both get our 53 year old bodies on a bike and cycle 100 km.  Actually, I am not 53 yet but he is.

Make a donation and support us in this great work.
Let’s get this competition started!

Thanks to you all!

Anne-Marie Zajdlik, 
Founding Director of Bracelet of Hope

Bracelet of Hope
(226) 326-4673

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