About 60 people hopped on board the Rotary Club of Lake Norman/Huntersville’s Spring Wine Cruise Thursday night, raising more than $2,000 to benefit Orphans to Ambassadors, a nonprofit organization providing orphaned children in Africa with education and skills training.
The 3-hour cruise left from the Peninsula Yacht Club and included food, drinks, dancing and a live raffle for assorted prizes.
“This event is really huge for us,” Orphans to Ambassadors volunteer Nathan Hanks said. He and fellow volunteers Joshua Griffin and Jacob Hanks reached out to the Rotary in March, and worked with Rotary president-elect Karla Combs on the wine cruise. “In one night it basically doubles the work we’ve been doing for the last half year,” he said. In addition to the funds raised, the event raises awareness of Orphans to Ambassadors, he said.
The grass roots initiative is in its second year of operation, and raised almost $50,000 last year, with $3,000 of it from efforts in the Charlotte area, volunteer Joshua Griffin said. “The support of the Rotary will make a huge difference for us moving forward,” he said.
Volunteers travel to Africa to research communities’ needs and to work with orphans, teaching them different skills and techniques for healthy, sustainable living, like harvesting rain water, water testing and purification, gardening, and clean energy practices.
“As orphans, they lose a lot of their cultural inheritance,” Mr. Hanks said, including the skills they need as adults. And the nonprofit aims to teach them skills that they can use to sustain themselves and also share with others as ambassadors in their community.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Visit the Orphans to Ambassadors website for information about the organization, events and ways to donate.
Visit the Rotary Club of Lake Norman/Huntersville website to learn more about the Rotary.
UPCOMING ORPHANS TO AMBASSADORS EVENTS
The group hosts a live raffle party, “A night for Ngara,” at Dharma Lounge, 1440 S Tryon St., Charlotte, Friday, May 13, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Attendance is free, and raffle tickets are $2. For a list of items raffled, click here. The group plans a trip to Ngara, Africa soon.
GALLERY: Rotary Spring Wine Cruise 2011 (Christina Ritchie Rogers / CorneliusNews.net)
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