[04/23/16] Last year, I was given a valuable opportunity to attend HOPE International Development Agency’s annual dinner & film premiere for the first time, and I had a wonderful, memorable night. When I was invited again this year, I knew I had to attend.
This post is a little (or maybe a lottle :P) late, but the dinner was held a month ago on April 23rd. This year, I also brought along my two friends Tray and Angie. They’re a part of the LEO Club in the district and some of their fundraisers are organized in support of HOPE. One of the recents events is the 30 Hour Famine I participated a few weeks ago, you can read about my here.
Anyways, just like previous years, this was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. On the schedule are silent and live auctions, dinner, the film of course and some wonderful performances from a vocalist and aerial silk artist.
What’s on the menu? It’s the same set of appetizers, entree and dessert as last year, except a change in my entree as I requested a vegetarian meal.
Starting off.. some artisan rolls!
The cheese bun and the rosemary crackers are soo delicious.
Appetizer: Wild Mushroom Salad with Roasted Crouton, Hot House Greens, and a Tomato Vinaigrette
Entree: Thyme Crusted Free-Range Chicken Breast with Lemon Marsala Demi-glace, Roasted Red Bliss Nugget Potatoes, Garden Vegetable Trio
My vegetarian entree is an Indian-style meal with Chickpea Curry (chana masala), Eggplant Curry, White Rice, Veggie Samosa, and Garden Vegetable Trio
Dessert: Espresso Tiramisu with Italian Mascarpone
Everything was scrumptious! But my favourite dish would have to be the rich, decadent tiramisu. :3
The Film & The Project
This year’s film focuses on HOPE’s work in Ethiopia, one of the most impoverished countries in the world, with 44% of the population living below poverty line. 51% of the country lacks access to clean water, and 72% to proper sanitation.
The film showcases the lives of two families in Ethiopia- one who lives in a village that HOPE came to, and another who awaits help from HOPE. The first family, with HOPE’s help in funds and volunteers, gained access to clean water and was able to thrive. They were able to grow their own food, freeing from hunger, then eventually invested in their own business. It was incredible how much their lives changed, and it all started with the the basic things we all probably belittled in our lives- food and water.
On the other hand, the second family continues to suffer, with their lack of food and clean water. Our generosity and compassion together is what can make a difference for families like this one.
To learn more about HOPE: http://hope-international.com
There are only so many words I can say to describe the gratitude and sympathy I felt that night. We are so privileged with all that we have, but what we fail to understand is that a vast portion of the world still struggles to get by everyday. The power of giving is astounding, and surely, we are all called to love and serve one another. Whether in donations, volunteer work, or spread of awareness, whatever you can offer is significant and meaningful.
Together, we can change lives.