Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Party In The Woods...

Several years ago, Heather spent a summer in Uganda, working with a charity organization to provide work for displaced Ugandan women.  She chronicled her experiences with Light Gives Heat here on her blog.   Her passion for this program, which shines light on the hope of the Ugandan people rather than their darker moments, continues to be a contagious force.  This weekend, she helped put on an incredible fund raising event to send our friend Anneliese to Africa to follow in her footsteps with Light Gives Heat.

Growing up, I always knew Anno as the girl who was involved in, if not in charge of, everything.  She seemed to possess an unlimited energy to be everywhere at once, and an ability to keep all sorts of plates spinning  at a time.  Clubs, student body, leadership, school, work- you name it and Anno was there full-force making things happen.  
Little has changed since she began university in Santa Cruz.  Every time I see her around town, she's just off to teach a class on Education for Sustainable Living, on her way to Master's Swimming, off to work or to run a triathlon...  There is nothing this girl doesn't do.
Naturally, these two super-women pulled off the fundraiser to send Anno to Uganda with flying colors.  Friends, acquaintances, and strangers alike flocked to their little cabin in the Bonny Doon woods for a night of music, food, dancing, and celebration, and helped contribute towards Anno's financial goal for her trip to Uganda.

Despite generous contributions during the event, Anno still has a ways to go to reach her goal of $9,000.  If you're interested in finding out more about Light Gives Heat, or contributing towards her time in Uganda, she has set up an online shop that will help make this venture a reality.