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Tickets on sale now for Night in Africa gala

Evening supports Zawadi la Tumaini - a home to orphaned children in Nairobi, Kenya
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Tickets for the sixth annual A Night In Africa Gala, the largest fundraiser of the year for Zawadi la Tumaini – Gift of Hope Children's Home in Kenya, are now on sale.

Tickets for the sixth annual A Night In Africa Gala, the largest fundraiser of the year for Zawadi la Tumaini – Gift of Hope Children's Home in Kenya, are now on sale.

The 2018 gala is set for April 7 at Cambrian College, featuring the flavours, rhythms and culture of Africa.

The children's home in Nairobi, Kenya was founded by Sudburian Jacqueline Villeneuve when she was just 18 years old. Now in her 20s with a biological child of her own, Villeneuve continues to provide a stable, loving home to 27 orphaned and abandoned children.

Northern Life has been chronicling Villeneuve's work almost since she began. You can columns by her on Sudbury.com detailing her efforts and successes.

“I ... couldn't have done this without the support of my hometown of Greater Sudbury,” said Villeneuve in a news release. “Each child in the care of Zawadi La Tumaini is being raised to become a responsible and dignified adult, with core values that will empower them to be successful and contributing members of society.”

The gala is Zawadi la Tumaini's biggest fundraiser of the year and will be used to help cover operating expenses throughout 2018. Only 250 tickets are available.

Tickets are $120 per person, or $800 for a table of eight.

Purchase online at zlthope.org, by calling (705)561-1440 or by email at contact@zlthope.org.

“There are an estimated 2.6 million orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya, and there is virtually no support for them,” said Villeneuve. “Many of the children in our care were denied a childhood before coming into our family, and were left to fend for themselves in a harsh world. 

"Your support covers approximately 50 per cent of our annual operating expenses and changes the lives of these children."

This year’s event is supported by Platinum sponsor Technica Mining, as well as Bronze level sponsors O.C.P. Ontario Concrete Pumping and Villeneuve Financial Consulting Ltd.