Story by: Kayla Kreutzberg
Photo courtesy of Barry Mutrie
It’s been a challenging year for all charities due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the pandemic isn’t slowing down the Mission Zimbabwe Project from continuing to raise funds.
On Saturday, April 24 the Hope Community Church in Hanover, Ontario will be holding a roast beef drive-through/take out supper to support the children in Zimbabwe.
Barry Mutrie, team leader for the project said Mission Zimbabwe started 15 years ago with a group of men who went to Zimbabwe to the Village of Hope.
“When we finished that trip, we decided that we wanted to build a community-based project that would connect our community in the Grey Bruce area to help the people at the Village of Hope in Zimbabwe,” Mutrie said. “So, for the past 15 years, our project has reached out to the community with community centered events to raise money for the village.”
Mutrie said each year they take a team to the Village of Hope and they promote the sponsorship of children there so they can go to school.
He said it has been a difficult year for fundraisers.
“Obviously the events that we’ve run when COVID-19 first hit in 2020, we were just in the final stages of organizing our maple syrup festival which we’ve held for many years, so, we lost that event right off the bat,” Mutrie said.
Mutrie said then in May, they had a team in training getting ready to go to Zimbabwe and they had to postpone that trip, which resulted in a dark time for them.
He said the community has been incredibly supportive for the Mission Zimbabwe Project and they are looking forward to serving them in the upcoming COVID safe take out supper.
Mutrie said tickets for the event are $20 each.
“When we do these fundraisers we actually support not only the Village of Hope, but another orphanage called, Vimbainesu Children’s Home, which is a rural orphanage outside of the capital of Harare, and the money will go toward our quarterly support for these two,” Mutrie said.
Mutrie said they provide each quarter of the year a total of $12,000 of support and the money they send them is used to educate, feed and provide medical care for the children.
Tickets can be purchased online at hopecc.ca or by calling Barry at 519-270-4461.