by Lynn Ford
My name is Lynn Ford, Founder and President of TLC Ministries, based in Mountain, Ontario. We are hosting a fundraising Dinner/Dance/Auction event on May 11 at The New Rideau Restaurant, featuring the band Ambush, to support our Tree of Life Project. Our mission is to meet and help people where they are; and we do this locally and abroad.
During visits to poor areas in the Dominican Republic to deliver food and minister to the people, we became aware of many pregnancies among young girls, with 85% to 90% of them between the ages of 12 and 16 yrs old. Many are left to their own devices, turned away by their families because of lack of food and living conditions. Others are, unfortunately, left with no other choice but to stay in abusive relationships. Most will leave school, never to return. Many are following their mother’s lifestyle cycle for lack of education. This is where The Tree of Life was birthed.
We purchased a piece of land almost three years ago. The time has come to build and give life to the project: to build a refuge home, where these young mothers can come and feel safe, accepted, and loved, just as they are. A place where they can be supported, uplifted, encouraged, and taught basic life skills. Empower them to feel worthy to create a better life for themselves and their children. Provide them with tools to change their current situation for a brighter future. Giving them a safe place where their children can come while they are at work, or searching for work.
There is room for 250 to attend our event. We thought it would be a great date, just before Mother’s Day, to raise support for single moms. The tickets are $65 each, which includes a full buffet and dance. An income tax-deductible receipt will be issued for $25. We will have door prizes, silent and live auction, and games. We would love to fill the venue and make our fundraiser event a great success for the love of these young mothers. You may purchase tickets without a fee by calling me at 613-869-1191, or at The New Rideau Restaurant. Or through Ambush EVENTBRITE.CA.
If we could have everyone like us on FB The Tree of Life Project to increase exposure, that would be great! [email protected].