Sylvan residents chip in for Lindhout’s Somalia initiative

Several Sylvan Lake residents are organizing an afternoon fundraiser/concert on Jan. 29 to benefit the work of Amanda Lindhout in Somalia.

Several Sylvan Lake residents are organizing an afternoon fundraiser/concert on Jan. 29 to benefit the work of Amanda Lindhout in Somalia.

The event, Afternoon with Kim Wempe, will run from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Baha’i Centre off Hwy 11A, west of Sylvan Lake on Range Road 23.

All proceeds, after expenses, will go to the Global Enrichment Foundation that Lindhout, a former Sylvan resident, created to help empower women within the oppressed African country to get a university education.

Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia and released after 15 months in custody in November 2009.

Some of the event’s proceeds will also support local performing artist Kim Wempe. She attended Red Deer College to obtain her music diploma and has been a huge part of the Maritime music scene every since.

During intermission, dessert and refreshments will be served.

The event will also include a silent auction. Event-goers are invited to bring a “treasured” item from their home to auction off.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and available at the following locations, all in Sylvan Lake: Rocky Mountain Home Furnishing at Suite 6, 5004 46th St. Its phone number is 403-887-6466. Tickets are also at Lakeview Computers at Bay 3, 160 Hewlett Park Landing (across from Rona); call 403-887-8420.

Tickets can also be bought through organizers Grace Baxter at 403-887-6096 and Debbie at 403-887-0968.