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Benefit –Building wells for children’s well-being in East Cameroon — The Montreal Okala Gala – 5/2/15

Building wells for children’s well-being

Money raised goes to pay for the construction of wells in twelve remote villages of Cameroon and at four Okala Foundation schools.

Okala Foundation

Presents

 

The Montreal Okala Gala

Fundraising cocktail dinatoire and entertainment

 

 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A great cause for a party!

 

Please click for slideshow and info about Okala Foundation’s – The need for clean drinking water

 

Okala Foundation President and Founder Tamara Davy is delighted to announce the Foundation’s first Montreal Okala Gala. This fundraising cocktail dinatoire will take place at Espace Réunion on May 2. The event, honouring film/television director and philanthropist Jimmy Kaufman, will feature cutting-edge cuisine and inspiring entertainment by some of Montreal’s top artists, including circus performers from Les 7 Doigts de la Main, DJ Dee and musicians Vuyo & Patience. There will also be a silent and live auction offering two business-class tickets to Europe from Swiss International Airlines, a raffle for a $5,000 diamond from Ex Aurum Jewellers and many door prizes.

Money raised goes to pay for the construction of wells in twelve remote villages of Cameroon and at four Okala Foundation schools.

Okala Foundation- Catharine Harris, chair

Okala means ‘care’ in the villages’ local language. Okala Foundation is a grassroots Canadian-based registered charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for the children in the villages of Cameroon in which they operate. With the construction of schools, classrooms, medical clinics, and the provision of books, a daily hot meal, and medical interventions, they continue to offer opportunities to these children so that they will grow up to be self-sufficient and productive members of their society. Funds raised pay not only for the materials to build the wells, but will teach people how to construct and maintain their wells for the village’s well-being.

 

Okala Foundation was founded in 2006 by Tamara Davy who was moved to action after seeing the living conditions of children in remote villages of Cameroon while on a trip to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Villagers currently walk several kilometers a day to collect small amounts of untreated and often unhealthy water. Davy sees the need for clean water as imperative, “The wells, along with the funds recently raised at the Prince Rupert Gala- used to equip our medical clinic, create a lab, buy a generator and pay for nurse salaries, will have a huge positive impact on the children’s health.”

 

Okala Gala and Board Chair, Catharine Harris, was first drawn to Okala Foundation when she and husband Keith Henderson were approached to sponsor Francis, a profoundly deaf child with special needs, “We were impressed that the funds we provided went entirely for Francis’ care.” They then visited Francis two years ago and saw firsthand that 99% of all sponsorship money goes directly to educating and feeding extremely poor children in these remote jungle villages. Harris continues, “It was soon after this visit that I was invited to join the Board of Directors and take a more active role in raising awareness for the plight of these wonderful children, forgotten by most of the world.”

Okala Gala honouree Jimmy Kaufman

Gala honouree Jimmy Kaufman is a film and television director, artist and philanthropist with over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. His work encompasses a wide range of genres, from his involvement in movies such as Children of a Lesser God, to, among others, directing award-winning science fiction including Stargate, The Outer Limit and Poltergeist, as well as children’s movies Whiskers and Time at the Top. He comments on his charitable involvements, “Previously, my philanthropic journey has taken me to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I’m now looking forward to helping bring clean drinking water to some of the poorest children in Cameroon.” www.jimmyfilm.net

 

The Foundation is overseen by committed group volunteers, who through dedication and passion for helping others have continued sponsorship of more than four hundred children in eight different villages in East Cameroon. The children receive a hot lunch every school day, all necessary school supplies needed for the year and a mosquito net to help reduce the spread of diseases like malaria and dengue fever. The next step is improving access to clean drinking water.

Okala Foundation-Tamara Davy, founder

Okala Foundation- self-sufficiency through education

Montreal Okala Gala
Saturday, May 2, 7pm
Cocktail dinatoire and entertainment
At Espace Réunion
6610 Hutchison

Dress code: Casual-Chic
Tickets are $150 (a portion is tax-deductible)
Tickets and donations: online at www.okalafoundation.org or by check payable to the Okala Foundation, C.P. 4032, Succursale D, Montreal, Quebec, H3C 0J7

For information: Tamara Davy (514) 895-7335

 

 

About Tamara Davy and Catharine Harris: okalafoundation.org/about.htm

 

Performer Bios:

DJ DEE is a multi-talented musician, who in the latter half of the 90’s, founded The Urbanauts, who quickly gained recognition for their innovative sound and earned a place among the leading lights of Montreal’s up-and-coming underground scene. His songs have been chosen as the soundtrack for a worldwide Ford ad that was broadcast during the Super Bowl, numerous Canadian ads, and on leading TV shows in the US, such as Six Feet Under, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order, Ugly Betty and several more. In 2011 he appeared as a guest musician in Cirque du Soleil’s 2011 summer production of Kingdom of Tin in Quebec City. He is currently working on a new album The Space Between Us.

Patience Fayulu- musician

Patience Bonheur Fayulu Mupolonga is a multi-disciplinary artist in theatre, puppetry, storytelling and directing. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), where from 2008 to 2012 he worked to make the practice of theater and puppetry accessible to Kinshasa street children, Patience moved to Canada in 2012. Following his participation in the 2012 Projet Prélude (in collaboration with la TOHU and le Cirque du Soleil) he co-founded Le Collectif Lisanga. He is currently working on a new project, ZOLO, for DÉm’Art Montréal 2015.

Dumisizwe Vuyo Bhembe hails from Swaziland, a tiny nation nestled between Mozambique and South Africa. From childhood, he learned to make and play homemade guitars, flutes and drums out of discarded milk tins, boxes and anything else that he could find. Those baby steps eventually resulted in performing on stages from the Lincoln Theatre and the Salt Lake City Olympics with Jabali Afrika to extensive touring throughout North America, the Caribbean and other nations, all the while making waves in national and international media.  Since moving to Canada in 2006, his musical journey continues and he has recently taken turns as actor, musical director and sound designer for a number of acclaimed productions in Montreal.

Patrick Leonard- from Les 7 Doigts de la Main

Patrick Léonard co-founded Les 7 Doigts de la Main, after having held four consecutive titles as Canadian Artistic Roller Skating champion. After training at Montreal’s National Circus School, Patrick performed as a comic character and diabolo artist at the Montreal Casino; in German cabarets Wintergarten Variete, Freidrichbau Variete, and Pomp Duck and Circumstance; in Teatro Zinzanni; and in the traditional Cirque Knie. He has also received special recognition for his comic performances (Newcomer Award, Montreal Mayor’s Foundation; Prix Nikouline, Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain de Paris). He co-created and performed in Loft and La Vie and collaborates in the Fibonacci Project. His love for creative projects finds him as inventor, creator and performer for many events and projects, including the co-creation of the parapeze, a trapeze on a hang-glider. In 2011, he premiered his solo show: Patinoire.

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