Whitsundays supports orphanage

MORE than $7500 was raised on Saturday to help children in Africa.

Erin Johnston, who is a nurse at the Proserpine Hospital, will leave the Whitsundays next week and will travel to Kenya where she will work as a volunteer for four months.

Erin will help out at an orphanage called the Familia Moja Children's Centre, which is continuing to struggle to become self-sufficient.

On Saturday, she held a fund-raising trip on Solway Lass and 90 people enjoyed a day on the water.

The Familia Moja Children's Centre was set up by two Australians in a small village called Mangu about 60km north of Nairobi. The name Familia Moja is Swahili for One Family.

Erin, 29, will help to look after the 30 orphans at the centre.

She said the orphanage had been built and furnished to a very basic standard.

“They now have the ongoing task of providing food, clothing and textbooks for the kids,” she said.

“They also incur the cost of four full-time staff who look after them and ensure they stay safe and well.

“Their long-term aim is to help them help themselves, with a view to making the centre self-sufficient and provide a safe refuge for a new generation of kids that deserve a fresh start in life.”

Erin said the money raised on Saturday, and other donations received, would go directly to the orphanage.

“The Familia Moja Children's Centre is a stand-alone centre and not attached to a larger organisation where the majority of the money gets caught up in administration costs or huge salaries,” she said.

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