Party props up refugee program

Music, food, dancing and fun goes a long way to support Vancouver Island University’s student refugee program.

An evening of music, food, dancing and fun goes a long way to support Vancouver Island University’s student refugee program.

Part of the World University Service of Canada project, the program helps former refugees, mainly from Africa and Asia, pursue studies in Canada and become a permanent resident.

Many have fled their countries due to persecution, discrimination and violence.

“[These] students are our sources of inspiration and motivation,” said Celia White, VIU program co-chairwoman. “Their life stories, their knowledge of world issues and their commitment to pursue their dreams inspires all of us to do our share as global citizens.”

The VIU World University Service of Canada committee has sponsored four students through the program, hosting fundraising initiatives throughout the year to cover costs.

The group is hosting Harambee – an evening of dance, African music, a four-course meal, a silent auction and fair-trade sales – April 28 at Costin Hall, 7232 Lantzville Rd.

Tickets are $55, $40 for students and $475 for a table of 10. Tax receipts will be available on request.

For more information, please call 250-758-3834, e-mail wusc.viu@gmail.com, or go to Facebook at www.facebook.com/VIUWUSC.