The 12th annual Harvest Dinner and Auction to benefit the Village of Hope and the VimBainesu Children's Home in Zimbabwe has been termed an unqualified success.
Mission Zimbabwe Project team leader Barry Mutrie says hundreds of items were up for auction and well over 200 people attended the November 3rd event and were treated to a roast beef buffet dinner on Saturday, November 3rd. at the Cedar Rail Camp in Scone, near Chesley.
Mutrie says the event is expected to net about $20,000 for the project's Village of Hope complex and an additional orphanage in rural Zimbabwe called Vimbainesu Children's Home.
He says the Village of Hope gets more than $30,000 each year from various fundraisers and the money is used to build homes and classrooms; provide teacher salaries; feed children and provide medical care for the kids as well.
At Vimbainesu over 40 orphans receive food, educational support and help with revenue-generating projects.
Mutrie says the annual event is dependent on donations from area businesses and services, who provide auction items and he points out even much of the food for the meals is donated as well.