Redwood Times

Orphanage quality of life improved by well

The project to dig a well for Sidai Children's Home in Ngong, Kenya has been very successful. As a matter of fact, the well has already been dug and is almost online so the children can have clean water. The quality of life at this orphanage in the Ngong Hills is about to increase greatly. Many people and businesses have contributed to this effort and deserve a huge amount of appreciation.

First of all, I want to thank all of the terrific volunteers who made Sidai Benefit and Boogie the wonderful event that it was. There was an amazing group of dedicated folks that helped in a variety of ways. I especially want to give kudos to George Tannehill, the awesome chef, who stepped in at the last minute to make sure that the kitchen ran well and our palettes were satisfied as well as the Funnicators who kept everyone happy and entertained with their groovin' music. Each and every one of the volunteers from pre-event to post-event gave it their all and made the well digging project happen.

The individuals and businesses that donated items and services enriched the event in a major way. Many thanks go out to the following: Takiko Larson, Monica Coyne, The Cove Restaurant, Dazey's Supply, Tomo Japanese Restaurant, Tsunami Surf and Sport, Benbow Historic Inn, Hohstadt's, Whitethorn Construction, Sylvandale Gardens, Northwest Traders, Chautauqua Natural Foods, Feather Rose, Sean Andersen and Amber Griffin, Organic Grace, Amillia's, King Range Books, The Hemp Connection, Allsport, Blue Moon Gift Shop, Treats, Roberto's Humboldt T's, Sweet Grass, Whitethorn Winery, Miriam Billinger, Vixen Kitchen, Laci Coehlo, Flavors, Lil' Sproutz Boutique, SHC Industries, Garden of Beadin', Redway Feed and Garden, Sita Ryce, Persimmons Garden Gallery, Greta Montagne, Eel River Caf?, Dave Walsh, Mama Palazzo's Herbal Remedies, Carol Van Sant, Recycle in Style, Gail Clark, Signature Coffee, Mad River Brewing Company, Tryphena Lewis and Joe Schafer.

One of the best ways to get the word out about an event is through the local media and therefore thanks needs to go out to KMUD, The Independent, The Redwood Times and The Lost Coast Outpost. They publicized the event well and continued to remind people to support this worthwhile project.

Last but certainly not least are all of the people who attended the event, had a good time and donated generously. Sidai Benefit and Boogie would not have been a success without you. In addition, there were numerous people who made monetary donations before and after the event which increased the overall total and made the well a reality. Asante sana rafikis yangu (thank you very much my friends).

Michelle Palazzo, Whitethorn