by Marie Matchett
Recently I was approached by my childhood church (St. Stephen’s United Church) and asked if I knew of a charity in Ethiopia that the Sunday School children could fundraise for. Immediately Vulnerable Children Society came to mind.
After waiting over 4 years to adopt our son from Ethiopia through many ups and downs, a lot of the congregation were there to cheer with us and sigh with us when we hit yet another hurdle. On our first trip to Ethiopia in October 2012 we were able to visit with one of Vulnerable Children Society’s former projects. It was one of the highlights of our trip that we still talk about to this day! We saw first hand the good work this wonderful organization was doing for the most vulnerable children. So it was an easy choice when I was asked about a charity. After bringing our son home and visiting Ethiopia twice, we knew how important it was to give back to a country that gave us so much, and the Sunday school agreed!
The Sunday school which consists of around 15 children fundraised throughout the year. In September they kicked off the season with a pancake breakfast. In December they had a service where all the loose offering was donated. And in February they started Random Acts of Kindness and placed a jar though out the church for people to place loose change or money in. This project alone raised $135!
In June I was asked to make a presentation to the congregation about our adoption journey and the work Vulnerable Children Society does. I was also presented with a cheque for $450 which will go towards a music and dance program for the children at the Love and Hope Centre!! It was an honour to accept that cheque on VCS’s behalf!