Artists help bridge

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Lo­cal artists have do­nated up to 50 paint­ings for an auc­tion to­day to raise funds for a bridge in Ber­agota Ethiopia.

The art can be viewed up to 4pm to­day at Honda Cars show­room, and on­line at www.bricks.org.nz. The auc­tion is at 5.30pm.

Called To Ethiopia with love, the auc­tion was put to­gether by Bricks com­mit­tee mem­ber Helen Pratt and a group of friends to raise funds for the bridge which bi­sects the Ber­agota vil­lage.

In 2009 Ash­hurst res­i­dent Ric Fox­ley met Am­laku Yare­gal in Ethiopia when he vis­ited a town to look at 900-year old churches.

His guide was Am­laku who had run away from his vil­lage of Ber­agota, against his fa­ther’s wishes, to at­tend a high school. Am­laku was pay­ing for his school­ing by guid­ing.

Meet­ing Ric changed the course of Am­laku’s life. With the fi­nan­cial help of Ric’s fam­ily and friends, Am­laku was able to fin­ish school­ing and at­tend univer­sity.

Ric says his hope is that by the end of 2019, Bare­gota vil­lage will have put in place the build­ing blocks that will lift the 70 fam­i­lies from sub­sis­tence to sus­tain­abil­ity.

Bricks was es­tab­lished in 2012 by Ric to gen­er­ate fund­ing for in­di­vid­ual peo­ple or projects that he had come across dur­ing his vis­its to projects in the de­vel­op­ing world.

■ To Ethiopia with love, Honda Cars show­room, 580-596 Main St. Drinks and nib­bles will be served be­fore the auc­tion starts.

A vil­lager stands in the river that bi­sects the Ber­agota vil­lage. Funds raised from the auc­tion will go to­ward build­ing a bridge over the river.

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