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A philanthropic adventure

Dear Editor:

My name is Brandon Potter, and I am a firefighter/paramedic working for the Snowmass fire department and a paramedic for Aspen Ambulance. I will be traveling to Kenya and Rwanda, leaving Nov. 26 for an aid trip to the Kolunga fishing village on Rusinga Island at Lake Victoria.

As with much of Africa, AIDS has had a huge impact on the community, decimating the middle-aged population. As a result there are many young orphans. My mentor, Mark Ross, solicited help from friends and family to establish an orphanage for the AIDS children, helped improve the school system and worked toward the sustainability of village life.

My trip will be focused on completing two projects that are unfinished in the village.

1. The first project is to complete a dairy goat rearing project for the community, by purchasing more goats and educating the villagers on their care. The project will involve grazing pens and structures for reproduction of goats. This project will help sustain the community through nutrition as well as allowing the villagers to sell the goat milk for community gain.

2. I will additionally assist Mark in delivering 700 stuffed animals to the village that have been donated to the orphanage, but, due to politics, have been hung up in Nairobi. It will be rewarding to hand out these toys to the 200 AIDS orphans of Kolunga that have nothing to cuddle and nothing they can call their own.

I feel truly fortunate to be embarking on such an adventure with philanthropic ends. I graciously ask for any monetary assistance you would like to contribute to this project. My fundraising efforts will be supplemented by me, personally, as I feel that completing the goat project will be a wonderful contribution to this poor village.

Mark informs me that the need is $1,890 in order to purchase the five goats needed to start the project. Amounts donated above this amount will be used to fund an expansion of this project and other needs of the community.

If you would like to contribute please send your check made out to Kolunga Village Foundation to me at Brandon Potter, PO Box 6814, Snowmass Village, CO 81615. I will forward all funds to the foundation, which will immediately acknowledge your deductible contribution to the (501(c)(3) organization FEI #20-5108646.

Thank you for your time and please contact me with any questions you may have (bpoter@swfpd.com). You can also search Kolunga Village Foundation on YouTube.com for more information.

Brandon Potter


Snowmass fire department

Aspen Ambulance

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