Rotary skate helps Refilwe orphanage

Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Magdalen Leung, event chair and city councillor Bill McNulty.   - Amanda Oye photo
Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Magdalen Leung, event chair and city councillor Bill McNulty.
— image credit: Amanda Oye photo

Skaters of all ages and levels came out and spent the day gliding on ice to help raise money for an orphanage in Africa at the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset’s first annual Rotary Skates for the World fundraiser last Saturday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The event, presented by River Green, was attended by more than 80 people and raised over $10,000 through donations and pledges collected by participants.

“We were hoping we would raise $10,000 and we were able to meet that target,” said Magdalen Leung, the event chair.

The money raised will go towards repairs at an orphanage in Refilwe, South Africa.

“We have been working on supporting this orphanage for the last seven years,” Leung said.

“I was there last year and realized that the cottages where the kids stay are leaking … the water is contaminated too,” Leung said.

It was Leung’s desire to help the orphanage combined with her desire to learn how to skate that inspired Saturday’s fundraiser.

“I have never skated before, so I started learning in August,” Leung said.

Saturday’s skate was followed by a reception to thank everyone involved in making the event happen.

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