Artists help bridge
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.