Mountain View Voice

News - April 26, 2013

Benefit for African orphans

"Passport to Tanzania," a benefit for children whose home is an orphanage in Tanzania, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Ave. in Menlo Park.

The fundraiser will offer wine tasting, appetizers, sweets, silent and live auctions, African music, and the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit Friends of Children Concern Foundation.

"Passport to Tannzania" is organized by KC Cannon of Menlo Park and Betsy Collard of Mountain View.

Collard first visited the orphanage in 2011 when she traveled to Tanzania to celebrate a clinic opening for Maasai women and children. The party stopped at an orphanage where 36 children lived in a small rented house. There was no electricity and children slept two or three to a bed.

"I fell in love with the children and when I returned to the U.S. vowed to do what I could to help," says Collard.

Collard approached long-time friend KC Cannon and the two women established Friends of Children Concern Foundation (CCF). The orphanage receives no government assistance and currently depends entirely on donations from tourists who stop on their way to a safari.

The two women have made several trips back to Tanzania to see the children and help the staff at the orphanage plan for the future. CCF has already raised funds for operational costs and has purchased a few acres of land for a future permanent home.

Tickets for "Passport to Tanzania" are $95 per person. Call KC Cannon at 561-4838 to purchase tickets.

Visit childrenconcern.org for more information.

Jane Knoerle

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