On September 14th, cruise the lakeshore and the Thousand Islands as part of a joint fundraiser for ‘Helping Haiti‘ and ‘Kenya Help‘.
The cruise, through 1000 Island Cruises, will depart from the Kingston harbour at 1 Brock Street.
Tickets can be purchased online at 1000IslandsCruises.ca.
Boarding is from 5:30-6PM and the cruise will take place from 6-8PM. Hor d’oeuvres and a Welcome Aboard cocktail will be available during boarding, and a full bar service will operate during the cruise.
A selection of African and Caribbean music will be playing during the cruise, including a live set from Haitian-born, Kingston-residing, Scraggy. Scraggy performs Haitian roots music, or mizik rasin in Creole, incorporates reggae, rock, and funk elements into more traditional Haitian music.
Back from a recent trip to Haiti, Scraggy has a new music video for “Boukan Dife”, his most recent single.
Kenya Help is a charity started by Nancy Stevens; they provide Kenyan orphanages with the tools to become self-sustaining. Food, health care, and education are priorities of Kenya Help.
Donations to Kenya Help can be made on their website.
Helping Haiti focuses on sustainable help to Cite Soleil, the poorest area of Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince. The charity has many initiatives, from safe water to education, with many of the initiatives designed to encourage cooperation among the people of Cite Soleil.
The Canadian contingent of Helping Haiti was last in Cite Soleil in July. In that time, they hired and fed between 40-65 local people per day, doing many tasks, but the focus of the trip was building the activity pad/basketball court for the community centre, and beginning the small business/micro credit loan program to help residents of Cite Soleil start their own businesses and become self sufficient.
Donations can be made to Helping Haiti at their website, HelpingHaiti.ca, which offers the option to print out a Charitable Tax Receipt for donors.
Photo source: 1000 Islands Cruises