On Sunday, July 16, Lock 17 and Art with Bonnie had the honour of hosting a Kids Paint Day fundraiser in honour of the WE movement. WE is a movement that brings people together and gives them the tools to shift the world from “me” to “we.” Last year Rachelle Brisebois, of the Royal Bank of Canada [RBC], was given the tremendous opportunity to partake in a Me to We experience in Kenya. All 22 RBCers who went on this trip have further committed to fundraising on their own in support of the organization. The money raised is given directly to the villages they visited, specifically to support the construction and outfitting of two classrooms in the community of Irkaat. Alternatively, the funds raised can be used to support a scholarship for the Kisaruni group of schools, with the possibility of supporting both a male and female learner throughout their entire secondary school education.
Rachelle put together this incredible fundraiser which saw 26 children, from ages 4 – 12, participating in a Paint Party, guided by local artist Bonnie McQuillan (of Art With Bonnie).
Proceeds from the event raised $1,180, and a later donation from the LA Group raised that amount to $1,400. A big thank you goes out to the community for their support and participation, the staff and volunteers that donated their time and enthusiasm, Bonnie for her artwork and teaching skills, and Rachelle for organizing this event.
If anyone is interested in donating further, donations can be done online by visiting: www.crowdrise.com/2016-global-citizen-award-merry-go-round/fundraiser/rachelleanne.