Teacher raises money for school in Ghana


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November 13, 2014 9:42 AM

Neighbors Pub will be hosting a fundraiser this Saturday to gather money and donations to help a school in Ghana, Africa.

The event will feature karaoke as well as an auction, and organizers say they are still accepting donations of money, auction items or school supplies for the fundraiser.

Shelley Frascer, an instructor with the organization English for Employment, is responsible for the event and said she was inspired after a trip she took to Africa a few years ago.

“Back in 2007, I had the opportunity to go to Africa and work there as an ESL (English as a second language) teacher. When I went there I had the experience of seeing what the conditions at some of the schools were like,” Frascer said.

“I would certainly like to go back and try to help one of the schools and maybe help them renovate some of their classrooms or be able to purchase one or two computers. You know, something for the young people.”

Items available so far at the auction include gift certificates, a set of golf clubs, and clothing that was donated by a local car dealership, though Frascer is still encouraging local businesses to put up items or products if they can. The big difference between Saturday’s event and other such charity drives is that Frascer will be travelling to Africa personally next month to deliver the donated items and help with renovations.

“I’ve actually received an invitation from one of the Catholic bishops from Ghana,” said Frascer.

“He has invited me to come and while I’m there for a short period of time, I’ll have the opportunity to teach a little bit as well as help with some of the construction going on.”

She also wants the people to know that every cent donated is going straight to the cause.

“All the funds raised from this fundraiser will go directly to that project. There are no organizations that are going to be taking a cut out of it.”

Anyone interested in donating can contact Neighbors Pub at 780-875-9195.

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