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Ottawa Charity Auction Raises More Than $3,200 for ACCC

October 6th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Ottawa residents and businesses joined together at Lago Bar | Grill | View on the evening of Saturday, September 20th to help raise more than $3,200 for the Afghan-Canadian Community Center.

The auction was organized by Conor, Oliver and other volunteer members of the Afghan School Project. Close to 100 guests took part in spirited bidding on a wide range of auction items. More than 30 donations were generously provided by businesses and individuals in Ottawa, from restaurant gift certificates and event tickets to a designer jacket provided by Ottawa fashion designer Paddye Mann.

“The auction accomplished exactly what we had hoped,” said Oliver, “The funds we raised will have a significant impact at the Afghan-Canadian Community Center. This was also an important step in establishing the Afghan School Project in the community and raising awareness for this worthy cause.”

The event was attended by Afghan Ambassador Omar Samad and representatives of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In his speech, the Ambassador emphasized the importance of organizations like the Afghan School Project and the Afghan-Canadian Community Center in promoting long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The original goal of the auction was to raise $2,500, enough for 20 students to attend the Afghan-Canadian Community Center for a full year. By exceeding that goal by more than $700, the school will be able to provide a further six students with valuable education in business management, Information Technology, English and health care.

“The courses provided by the Afghan-Canadian Community Center have helped many of our students secure high-paying employment with a wide range of organizations, many of which participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan,” said Ryan, Director of the Afghan School Project, “The salaries earned by these students are enough to support their extended families, and have helped improve the quality of life for thousands in Kandahar.”

The Afghan School Project intends to make the charity auction an annual event, and will be organizing additional events over the coming year. Photos will be published as they are available.

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