Toni Selles, proprietor of The Soulfull Project clothing and accessory store planned and hosted a fundraising event in July, with the proceeds, $2,225.60, being donated to the local organization the One Person Project for their programs in Kahama, Tanzania.
The Soulfull Project sells ethically sourced products and donates a percentage from each sale to programs that feed children or support women entrepreneurs in developing countries.
The Soulfull Project also supports the Summerland Food Bank.
The successful cocktail party, held at the Summerland Banquet Hall, was Selles’ first fundraiser and she plans to hold more in the future.
“It was a learning curve for sure but I look forward to helping to raise funds and awareness for all the great causes we have in our community,” said Selles.
Brenda Lowe, president of the One Person Project gave a brief presentation at the event, explaining that part of the funds raised would be used to provide meals to children attending the Kahama Hospital’s HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Clinic as the toxic drugs cause painful side-effects if taken without adequate nutrition.
“Some of the money will go towards setting up a poultry cooperative, which will be run by the mothers, grandmothers and other female caregivers of the children who attend the clinic,” Lowe said.
“Self-sustainability is key to progress for the families we support.”
The Soulfull Project is located inside Eric’s Photo Lab 10120 Main St., Summerland, 250-486-2455.
For more information on The One Person Project visit their website, www.theonepersonproject.org email email@example.com or contact Denise 250-460-0565.