Vicki Gabereau hosts Child Haven fundraiser

Canadian talk show celeb holds event at the Atrium building to benefit kids

On Oct. 30, the Atrium building will be draped in saffron colours, while women clad in saris will serve platters of appetizers and Bollywood dancers will perform to sitar, violin and percussion.

Radio and TV host Vicki Gabereau hosts the fundraiser for Child Haven International, which operates nine homes for more than 1,250 destitute children and women in India, Nepal, Tibet and Bangladesh.

“If you haven’t heard of Child Haven, there’s a good reason,” Gabereau said in a press release. “They spend no money on advertising, and are perhaps the humblest organization you’ll ever run across.”

The organization was started by Bonnie and Fred Capuccino in 1985, after the couple raised 19 adopted children from war-torn countries.

“If you are considering volunteering overseas, this event is an opportunity to meet local people who have volunteered at one or more of Child Haven homes,” said Dale Lawlor, long-time organizer of Child Haven in Qualicum.

The first Victoria fundraiser takes place at the Atrium, 800 Yates St. on Oct. 30, 7 p.m. It includes a silent auction. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students, available by calling 778-433-9876.

For more information, visit www.childhaven.ca.

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