This Saturday, 22 benevolent students from Penticton Secondary will be having a block party-style garage sale at the school from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise funds for their three-week trip to Arusha, Tanzania, where they will be doing humanitarian work from July 16 – Aug. 6.
The cost for each of the students is $5,000, but instead of fundraising for themselves, the students have reserved their biggest fundraisers — which includes all of the proceeds from selling used goods and freshly made hotdogs at the garage sale — to raise money solely for Lohata, the orphanage they will be working at.
The students have been preparing since September for the trip, and have planned to help with renovations on the school and playground, as well as do art projects, make music and organize a big soccer game with the children of the orphanage.
Student Layne Richardson and his mother Sandra Richardson, the vice-principal of the school, went to Tanzania last summer. Sandra saw it as an opportunity for students to get involved in humanitarian work.
“My mom was like, ‘we need to come back,’” said Layne, who has been heading up the trip.
The group has already raised $5,000 for the orphanage, but the students aren’t stopping there.
“We want to raise as much as we can,” said Kenya Rogers, a trip organizer.
The students will also have a table set up at the Farmers’ Market, where they will be giving out information on their trip and accepting donations.