Adventure and volunteerism lead to African fundraising efforts

Theo’s Restaurant and OliveUs Education Society are proud to present a display and sale of African pottery.

Debra Brosseuk with members of a Rwandan pottery collective

Theo’s Restaurant and OliveUs Education Society are proud to present a display and sale of African pottery along with a presentation on volunteerism in Africa by Kelowna adventurer and volunteer Debra Brosseuk.

Brosseuk, who grew up in Penticton and presently resides in Kelowna, has a Bachelor of Education and is an amateur potter, painter and photographer who travels every year to Africa to volunteer, teach and work.

Her interest in pottery led her to work with a group of Rwandan potters who are living in extreme poverty but who’s talent for pottery is providing a source of income and long-term hope. Last month Brosseuk returned from this village with two suitcases of pottery which will be available for sale on Saturday. All proceeds from this sale goes to the potters and to her education project in Rwanda.

Brosseuk will present a discussion and slideshow entitled: Adventures & Volunteerism in Africa. Like the arching branches of the Olive Tree, so are the many tribes, clans and nations of Africa. Brosseuk will share her spectacular photographs and experiences with varied tribes and peoples, rich in diverse culture, including: Ethiopia, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Kenya and Rwanda. She will also discuss how she has turned travel into volunteerism and will discuss her humanitarian aid education project in Rwanda as well as her new project with OliveUs, which will feature artwork from the children she works with in Rwanda.

The fundraising event takes place at Theo’s Restaurant on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A presentation will take place at noon with a 30-minute question and answer period after. Admission is free and complimentary coffee and tea will be served.