Action in Africa to hold fundraiser
ASPEN An Aspen High School after-school club, Action in Africa, has raised more than $40,000 to help build a school in Uganda, and is looking to raise even more.The group invites the public to its final fundraising activity of the 2006-07 school year Thursday at the school.The event will feature the film “Sometimes in April,” about genocide in Rwanda in 1994, in the AHS Seminar Room starting at 5:30 p.m. Club sponsor Lance Finkbeiner said the movie came out two years ago and is “more drama than documentary.” It takes a look at the ethnic cleansing campaign against Tutsi and moderate Hutu tribes by militant Hutu warriors.The $5 ticket cost will go to the club’s efforts to help build a school in Uganda in cooperation with the international relief organization, Invisible Children.Finkbeiner said Action in Africa already has raised more than $40,000 for the school, roughly $15,000 more than expected when the group formed, and hopes to hit $50,000 before school ends later this month. He said the group recently met with the Aspen Rotary Club to encourage businesses to contribute, and a short time later received a check for $1,000 from the Morris & Fyrwald real estate company, although most of the money has come from small donations and tickets at events.According to Finkbeiner, the club’s efforts have spread out somewhat, including work by several grades at the Aspen Middle School, as well as among high school students. He also said Aspen is at the top of a list of schools working with Invisible Children, according to a ranking on the organization’s website, http://www.invisiblechildren.com.Finkbeiner urged anyone interested in the work of Action in Africa to check out actioninafrica.tripod.com to learn more about its progress and plans.
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