Dinner, Auction & Jazz Night
We are pleased to sponsor a Benefit Concert on Sunday September 23 at 5:30 at Burnett Fellowship with the proceeds going to help support Ali, Tamara and their children. The will be a gourmet dinner and benefit concert as well as a Silent Auction. Tickets are $40.00 each or $300.00 for a table of 8. Tickets are available through the church office during the week, or at the Info Center during the weekend services, or by completing the form below.
September 2017 we welcomed Tamara, Ali and their 2 children to Canada and we continue to have the opportunity to help them as they start a new life in Canada. The family is originally from Iraq. Ali owned a spare parts store and Tamara was a clerk at a university. Both parents have university educations, but the family’s lives were in danger since conflicts escalated in Iraq in 2003. They eventually had to flee their home in 2007 and since then (9 years) the family had been living as refugees unable to return to their home or country.
Sponsoring a refugee family is a long process and does not stop at the end of their first year with us. We recognize that the needs of the family will extend beyond that and we count it a privilege to continue on with them.
We have had several fund raising events throughout 2016 to raise the initial amount, a minimum of $27,000 for the first year. With the cost of housing being so high, we knew that this amount would not be enough and we are grateful for the many generous donations as we exceeded the initial amount.
To continue on we are entering into a tiered support - that as their income increases, our support will decrease.