Ac­tivist for Aghan women a spe­cial guest

CWFWAghan’s lo­cal chap­ter hosts an­nual fundraiser Sun­day

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - CARO­LINE MC­CONNELL Northcrest_­col­[email protected]

The Pe­ter­bor­ough chap­ter of Cana­dian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) is hold­ing its an­nual fundrais­ing din­ner Sun­day in the Guild Hall at St John's Angli­can Church, 99 Brock Street. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. with din­ner at 6 p.m.

The guest speaker is Adeena Ni­azi of Toronto, founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Afghan Women's Or­ga­ni­za­tion which has been ac­tive in sup­port­ing and ad­vo­cat­ing on be­half of women and chil­dren and the many Afghan refugees and new­com­ers to Canada. In 2008, Adeena was hon­oured with the Or­der of On­tario Award. She has trav­elled to Afghanistan reg­u­larly where she has es­tab­lished and man­aged ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, cre­ated home-based train­ing and in­come-gen­er­at­ing ini­tia­tives and opened an or­phan­age for young girls. In 2002, she was one of two Afghan Cana­di­ans elected to Afghanistan's Loya Jirga (Grand Assem­bly) to vote in the Tran­si­tional Govern­ment in Kabul.

Other high­lights of the din­ner in­clude tra­di­tional Afghan cook­ing, a silent auc­tion and the sale of needle­work from Afghanistan.

The Pe­ter­bor­ough chap­ter of CW4WAfghan is one of 13 non­profit, non-re­li­gious chap­ters across Canada which raise money for the ed­u­ca­tion and girls in Afghanistan and raise aware­ness in Canada of hu­man rights in Afghanistan. The or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­ports lit­er­acy train­ing, teacher train­ing, li­braries, schools, dig­i­tal aca­demic re­sources and an or­phan­age.

Tick­ets for the din­ner cost $30 or $20 for stu­dents/un­waged. To pur­chase tick­ets or to do­nate an item for the silent auc­tion con­tact Daphne at Pe­ter­bor­[email protected]

His­tory in the Bak­ing

The an­nual Hutchi­son House Christ­mas Mar­ket, His­tory in the Bak­ing, takes place Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. un­til 2:30 p.m. Award win­ning Empire Cheese spe­cialty cheeses and gift bas­kets can be or­dered ahead of time for pickup at the sale, but please note that the dead­line to or­der is Thurs­day.

The mar­ket will fea­ture home bak­ing, short­bread, fruit pies, jams, jel­lies and pre­serves, along with other spe­cial sea­sonal treats. Books, new-to-you items, fresh green­ery and other gift items will also be avail­able for sale.

If you wish to do­nate baked goods and/or new-to-you do­na­tions for the sale they can be dropped off at the mu­seum, lo­cated at 270 Brock St., from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion call the mu­seum of­fice at 705-7439710. Or­der forms for Empire Cheese are avail­able at the mu­seum or on­line at hutchison­house.ca and should be emailed or dropped off at the mu­seum in time for the dead­line Thurs­day.

Joy­ful Mu­sic

An evening of joy­ful mu­sic will be held Tues­day at 7 p.m. at West­dale United Church, Sher­brooke St. Pre­sented by The Spirit Gospel Choir, the evening will also in­clude spe­cial guests The Kawartha Mu­sic Com­pany and the Mc­Don­nell Street Gospel Quar­tet.

The pro­gram will be var­ied with gospel, a cap­pella, cur­rent tunes and pre-Christ­mas mu­sic. The event is free, but a freewill do­na­tion for the Pe­ter­bor­ough Chil­dren’s Choir would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Lit­tle Drum­mer

North­min­ster United Church, 300 Sun­set Blvd., is host­ing the West­ben choir from Camp­bell­ford per­form­ing their Christ­mas pro­gram The Lit­tle Drum­mer on Satur­day Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. Tick­ets cost $25 and can be pur­chased by call­ing 705-748-4881. The fa­cil­ity is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble.

TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

Adeena Ni­azi, a ded­i­cated ac­tivist work­ing in Canada to ben­e­fit women in Afghanistan, will be at Sun­day’s an­nual Cana­dian Women for Women in Afghanistan (Pe­ter­bor­ough chap­ter) fundraiser.

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