The seventh-annual benefit dinner for the Kenyan Children's Fund will be held Tuesday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of Irvine Hall at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Kenyan Children's Fund is a charitable organization dedicated to helping children affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya. The fund supports orphanages, educational programs and initiatives to sustain the capacity of families to care for children affected by HIV/AIDS.
The fund was formed to help the people of Kenya's Nyanza Province, where approximately 40 percent of adults are HIV positive.
Proceeds of this year's benefit dinner will be used to purchase school uniforms for 2,000 children. According to Gillian Ice, OU-COM associate professor of social medicine, the Kenyan Children's fund also will hire local Kenyan tailors to sew the uniforms they donate.
The benefit will feature dinner, as well as dancing, music and poems performed by students of the Ohio University African Studies Association. A raffle drawing will be held for a variety of items, including hotel packages in locations such as Boston, Nashville, Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale and Dallas, among other items. Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $25.
The suggested donation for the dinner is $5 for students, $10 for non-students.