Salama Shield Foundation

October 15, 2013 10:00 ET

Salama Shield Foundation Announces its Second Annual Fundraising Gala

Marking 20 Years of Progress in Africa

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 15, 2013) - Long-time Kitchener resident and development visionary, Dr. Dennis Willms, and his team at the Salama Shield Foundation are excited to announce this year's gala event on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the beautiful Hacienda Sarria, in Kitchener, ON.

The theme of the evening, "Mindfully Mbuntu", is inspired by the Foundation's innovative and participatory approach towards "development", underscored by the African philosophy of Mbuntu: "we are who are because of our community."

"Mbuntu emphasizes the moral imperative of who we can be together, not simply as individuals, and how we can achieve and accomplish all that is good and worthwhile for a local and global community of persons," stated Dr. Willms.

This year's keynote speaker is Mr. John Bromley (founder of ChimpFund and TEDx speaker, Film Producer). Mr. Bromley will be sharing his view on the social and cultural factors that shape charity and giving. His upcoming film "Walking on Glass" was largely inspired by the sustainable and grass roots practices of the Salama Shield Foundation.

The Foundation has origins that are rooted in Dr. Willms' research and learning, where he identified an opportunity in Uganda to facilitate progress, in a time and circumstance of overwhelming despair. The Foundation has emerged as a leader in comprehensive development strategy addressing issues of health (HIV/AIDS), sanitation, poverty, nutrition, and education, all while challenging women's inequality and roles.

The event will also be celebrating the construction of the "Salama Vocational Education Centre", which opened earlier this year. A feat made possible by an incredibly supportive donor community in Kitchener, Ontario.

The evening will immerse attendees in the sights and sounds of Africa while providing a multi-course dinner prepared by locally renowned chefs, music contributed by the "Deacons of Jazz" band, a marketplace of authentic African art and crafts, and the beautiful surroundings of the venue.



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