Saturday, May 26, 2012


I am ‘interrupting’ my chronology of the Maori Primary School project to tell you about an exciting event on June 21, 2012: A Southern African Celebration at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, hosted by the Canadian Southern African Network (CSAN).

CSAN is an expanding network of proud Canadians who share a special connection with Southern Africa. Members share a passion for giving back and for having fun. Their broader mission is to empower Canadian and Southern African communities by fostering future leaders through education and goodwill.

On that note they periodically organize fun-filled fundraising events – selecting causes that meet their mandate both here in Canada and in Southern Africa.  This year they have selected the Maori Primary School project as the main beneficiary of this summer solstice celebration at the Brick Works. Mariposa in the Schools, a Canadian charity which organizes cross-cultural programming for students in Ontario will also benefit from the event.

It is going to be a great evening with live African music by Jabulani, drumming by the Rhythm Safari drum circle, traditional and contemporary African dance by Mafa Dance Village and an exhibition of Zimbabwean sculpture from ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery. The menu includes some of South Africa’s favourite foods and a great selection of wine from the Cape’s top wine producers.

This would be a great opportunity to find out more about the Maori Primary School project, support two great causes and enjoy summer solstice African-style, in the stunning Holcim Gallery at the Evergreen Brick Works.

There will also be a silent and live auction – which will include a spa experience donated by Ste. Anne’s Spa and Zimbabwean stone sculpture donated by ZimArt.

Tickets for the event, which include dinner, open bar and all the wonderful entertainment, are $175. To find out more or to make a donation to the auction please contact

Hope to see you there!

Next installment soon.

Fran Fearnley

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