Roughly $2,500 raised for student going on a missionary trip

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Sophie Watson’s missionary trip to New Zealand and Asia received a shot in the arm last Thursday night.

A pasta dinner held at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 raised $2,500 with proceeds going towards the trip. The 18-year-old has to raise $15,000 in all but much of that will be covered through her savings, though fundraising efforts are continuing as well.

Sophie Watson’s missions trip was the subject of a fundraising pasta dinner last Thursday night at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. The dinner saw 160 people served and $2,500 raised.

Sophie Watson’s missions trip was the subject of a fundraising pasta dinner last Thursday night at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. The dinner saw 160 people served and $2,500 raised.

“I’m completely blown away by the support from the community,” said Sophie. “It has far exceeded my expectations.”

Sophie will be part of a 20-person team that will be trained in New Zealand before going to a yet-to-be-disclosed location in Asia where they will perform missionary work. The trip runs from July 18-Dec. 7 and is operated through the Youth on a Mission (YWAM) program.

“It’s very exciting,” Sophie added of the support she received. “I’m very encouraged. It means the world to me. The support from the community was great.”

The entire Watson family was thrilled with how the event turned out.

“We were really happy with the amount of support we received as well,” Sophie’s mother Sarah stated in an e-mail. “We estimate that we had about 160 people come through. We had some eating in shifts. We ended up with more people than chairs which is a great problem to have.”

Sarah said that the fundraising total was “wonderful” but noted “she still has a ways to go in her fundraising so we will be looking at some other events to do in the next couple of months.”

People can still give directly either by contacting the Watsons at 519-890-1444 or by they can donate via credit card directly on the donation page for YWAM found at  http://ywambethlehem.co.nz/donate

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