‘Blown away, thrilled to bits, gobsmacked and amazed!’ These were the words Maleny local Lenore Burton used to describe the moment her husband, Richard returned home from Maleny Supa IGA with the news.
“I head up ‘Friends of Ebenezer,’ a charity based here in Maleny” said Lenore. “We raise much needed funds for children in Livingstone, Zambia in Southern Africa.
“Zambia is one of the countries most severely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic with currently over 700 000 orphans.The Ebenezer Childcare Trust in Livingstone, Southern Zambia provides shelter and education for over 400 of these orphans” she said.“Our Australian branch is responsible for many improvements to the plight of these extremely poor children.
What started as a simple street feeding program by Lenore’s dear friend Ranji Chara in 2001 has grown into so much more.
“Ebenezer Child Care Trust now looks after 30 orphans and educates over 400 children in its primary school. Part of our vision is to build a High School and Skills Training Centre on or near the site of the present school.”
You can imagine then how thrilled Lenore was to hear Richard walk into the house announcing that the Ebenezer Community Benefits Club account at Maleny Supa IGA had $2,900 in it!
“Richard actually thought it was a mistake so had to check. But no, it was spot on! Just by people doing their everyday shopping and giving Ebenezer’s CBC number, we had notched up some much needed funds for these kids.”
This was just the latest round of funds for Friends of Ebenezer. The group has to date received over $6,000 through CBC.
“It means the world to us” Lenore said. “With eight classrooms already, we want to expand to 16 so we can double the number of children receiving an education. More funds means we can attract a better class of teacher and keep the classrooms stocked with text books, books, pens and other resources. The kids also receive clothes, shoes, two meals a day and medicine if they need it. Mostly they receive love.”
Lenore praised the CBC program and store owners Rob and Samantha Outridge for their generosity.
“When it comes to raising funds locally, Rob has always said ‘yes’ to me… and I do ask a lot! Whether it’s a prize for a raffle, food supplies for a function, a place to promote events or a spot inside the door to hang our collection box, the answer is always the same. I am eternally grateful to this generous and gracious pair.”
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