HRSA hosted a successful fundraiser, "Can Ya . . . for Kenya," Tuesday, December 15, raising $700 at an international-themed dinner, designed to raise money, awareness, and supplies for HSRA sister schools in the village of Odienya, Kenya. The fun vibrant event was located at the community center adjacent to the home of HSRA executive director, Tony Simmons. Assisting HSRA in heading up the fundraiser was the International Dinner Club, a group of Millennials who meet each month to experience the culinary delights of worldwide cuisine.In July of 2015, Tony Simmons and HSRA teacher and athletic coordinator, Maureen Foss, traveled with 10 HSRA students to Odienya, Kenya where they helped villagers build a maternity clinic.
During the event, guests were guided through an illuminating video and colorful pictorial odyssey of HSRA students' time in Kenya.
Simmons addressed the crowd at the fundraiser, saying, "We probably got just as much, if not more, out of our Kenyan trip than our new brothers and sisters. While there, we learned you can have an incredible sense of family, community, and love, without any kind of wealth." Simmons went on to say, "You know, you see us here tonight asking for feminine hygiene products. That might not seem like much, but all throughout Kenya, 12 and 13 year-old girls have to drop out of school for lack of such products as we take for granted. So, sending these gifts to Kenya, with the help of our new friends in the International Dinner Club, is an amazing privilege and joy."
HSRA officially designated four schools in the Village of Odienya, Kenya as sister schools. The money and products garnered at the event will be shipped off immediately, with the hope of the gifts being received by the sister schools on the revered day of Christmas.