The First 2009 Uzazi Project Event

May 24, 2009

Event Raises $10,000 to Save Lives in Uganda

It was an afternoon of inspiration and entertainment to help raise money for The Uzazi Project, a program that helps save the lives of moms and babies in Uganda. Held at Capilano University Theatre on May 24, the event raised more than $10,000 for the groundbreaking work being done by BC Women’s in Africa.

After a silent auction featuring African batiks, jewellery and spa products, the award-winning dance troupe, Shaan E Punjab Lil Stars, took to the stage. The young boys, ages 7 to 10, wearing all white, electrified the audience with their upbeat Bhangra dancing.

The event also presented the first Vancouver screening of the film, Eddibu, which examines the shocking reality of maternal mortality in Uganda, and the social and economic impact a mother’s death can have on a large family. “The film was a real eye-opener for the audience, mostly ex-pat Ugandans,” says Nazma Tarmohamed, a nuclear medicine technologist and fundraising committee chair. “It was very inspirational, and drove home the importance of our contributions.”

The evening ended with another dance performance from the UBC Girls Bhangra Team. Wearing brightly-coloured saris, the girls adapted the famous song from the movie, Slumdog Millionaire, Jai Ho into a special tribute to Dr. Jan Christilaw. Singing Jan-Ho, the dancers got the audience on their feet, clapping and swaying to the beat.

For more information on The Uzazi Project, please click here.


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