Amherstburg Public School comes through for children in Uganda

Carrie Amlin, Ingrid Heugh, Christina Almeida,Christine Drouillard, Laura Braithwaite, and Erin Holt were Amherstburg Public School staff that were part of a “Movie Night” fundraiser at the school last Thursday night.

Carrie Amlin, Ingrid Heugh, Christina Almeida,Christine Drouillard, Laura Braithwaite, and Erin Holt were Amherstburg Public School staff that were part of a “Movie Night” fundraiser at the school last Thursday night.

By Ron Giofu

 

A movie night held last Thursday evening at Amherstburg Public School raised over $1,000 for children in Uganda.

Following the lead of retired teacher Geri Sutts, Amherstburg Public held the movie night with donations going to those in Buwundo, Uganda where there are over 70 children in an orphanage needing basic necessities from food to clothing and more. The donations were made to the SACU program, which stands for Save African Child Uganda.

Amherstburg Public teacher Ingrid Heugh said Sutts’ efforts began in 2010 and while 70 students in Uganda have been sponsored, 11 more are now needed.

“The numbers are growing,” said Heugh.

Heugh pointed out that Sutts is returning to Uganda in January and it is hoped they will have plenty of supplies that she can bring to Africa with her. Other supplies needed include money for new uniforms and even just to purchase meals for the Ugandan children.

Amherstburg Public School isn’t stopping with just the Movie Night, Heugh stated, as donations are being accepted through Christmas. She said Amherstburg Public students are helping through donations of old clothes and uniforms with the kids looking forward to seeing their old sports uniforms on the Ugandan children in pictures when Sutts returns.

“There’s going to be a personal touch to this,” said Heugh.

Heugh added they are going to find ways to continue to contribute at Amherstburg Public School.

“It’s a way of us giving back,” she said.

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