CHESTERVILLE — Sport your fascinator in support of the single mothers of the Dominican Republic.
On Sunday, Sept. 22, Mainstreet Clothing (Winchester), Victoria Street Café (Chesterville) and the Tree of Life Project (Mountain) are combining their efforts and presenting a High Tea, High Fashion Extravaganza, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Chesterville Legion.
Scones, sweet treats and traditional finger sandwiches will be served , along with the newest fall/winter line at Mainstreet Clothing, in support of raising money toward the completion of a centre for single mothers in the Caribbean nation.
“While visiting the Dominican, I saw so many single mothers trying to find ways to work and care for their children. What really hit home was how many of the mothers had to leave their children at home alone while they went to work. With no social services to support them, the centre we are building will give them child care and other services, so that the children have a place during the day,” said Lynn Ford of the Tree of Life Project. “The goal is to build a centre and provide a place that offers acceptance, compassion, counselling, life skills training, coaching, mentoring, work preparedness skills, homemaking skills and child care services.”
In the Dominican Republic, 70 percent of households with children under age 15 are headed by single mothers — highest among the Caribbean and Latin American nations. By comparison, the median proportion of two-parent households with children of that age is 73 per cent across 124 countries, according to the United Nations’ Household Size and Composition Around the World (2017) data book.
“When I approached Victoria Street Café and Mainstreet Clothing about the idea of this fundraiser, they both immediately said yes!” Ford exclaimed.
When asked why she supports this endeavour, the Café’s Amanda Burger explained, “In the 1970’s, in the West Island of Montreal, my mother started a home for what was then called “unwed mothers,” what today would be more aptly named as ‘single mothers’. It made a huge difference at the time and continues to do so for single, divorced and widowed women. I guess you could say it is a cause close to my heart.”
Available until Thursday, Sept. 19, purchase tickets ($35 each) by sending an email transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 613-869-1191. Also visit facebook.com/refugetreeoflife for more information.
The Tree of Life Project is managed under TLC Ministries, a registered charity in Canada, the Mission of which is to love, inspire, empower and meet people’s needs wherever they are. They do this locally and abroad. Building relationships and creating long lasting friendships to enrich and fulfill lives.