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Vancouver-based nonprofit to host gala in support of women’s education

A Vancouver-based nonprofit is hosting its annual fundraising gala for women’s education next week, and guests can expect an exciting and uplifting evening.

One Girl Can, an organization that provides girls in Africa with the opportunity to realize their dreams through education, is hosting the eighth annual IWANTtoBE on Tuesday, April 19 at the Commodore Ballroom. It is also possible to participate virtually in the event.

Hybrid fundraising helps provide 140 college scholarships to promising young girls in Kenya. The keynote speakers for IWANTtoBE 2022 are two of the recipients, Millicent Mutheu Muthui, a 25-year-old journalist, and Royashley Nyambura Mbuthi, a 19-year-old medical student.

One Girl Can strives to break the cycle of poverty and impact gender equality through education and mentorship. In Kenya, education is funded by the government until primary school, then it is the responsibility of each family to pay.

According to Muthui, she was constantly expelled from school because her family could not afford to pay her school fees. And she wasn’t the only family member to struggle with financial obstacles.

“As a child, I remember hearing my mother tell her friends that she wanted to be a journalist, but it was not possible because her parents chose to send her brothers to school,” Muthui said in a statement. communicated. “I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to fulfill my dream – and my mother’s dream – of studying journalism, and I am so grateful to One Girl Can for their support.”

Millicent Mutheu Muthui (left) and Royashley Nyambura Mbuthi (One Girl Can/Submitted)

For Mbuthi, financial difficulties impacted many aspects of his life growing up.

“We only ate supper, and I hid some of it under my bed to have something to eat for breakfast,” Mbuthi said in a statement. “After my father abandoned my family, my mother worked very hard as a hairdresser to support us but could not afford to send me to school.

“Despite these struggles, I continued to work hard throughout elementary school and never gave up hope. The One Girl Can scholarship has changed my life and I am so excited to see what my future holds. reserve me.

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One Girl Can was founded by AG Hair founder Lotte Davis in 2008. Since its inception, it has constructed 130 school buildings, provided over 1,000 scholarships to high school and college girls and mentored 10,000 girls each year.

In addition to keynotes from Muthui and Mbuthy, IWANTtoBE will also feature a cocktail reception, canapes and silent, live auctions.

A number of amazing vacations and exotic vacations are up for auction, including a Pyramids and Pharaohs Egpyt trip, a Harrison Hot Springs getaway, a seven-day Zimbabwe safari, and more.

General admission tickets for IWANTtoBE are $150 and include an AG gift bag worth $100. VIP tickets are $250, which includes a VIP table, meeting with special guests, and an AG gift bag. Virtual tickets are $25 and provide access to live streaming of the event and silent, live auctions.

For more information, visit the One Girl Can website.

One Girl Can – IWANTtoBE fundraising gala 2022

When: April 19, 2022
Weather: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Or: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Cost: Miscellaneous, buy online

With files by Rumneek Johal