Linda holding sign reading "Imaging walking 6 hours a day to get water" sign; Carol in "Raising Awareness" toilet costume; Andrew in back.

We were 'Raising Awareness' in our third year participating in this wonderful event and with 11 mighty fundraising participants, we raised a whopping $15,872!!! The funds are used for maintaining our food programme and for paying the wages of the four librarian/educators we've hired this year.

Carol was dressed as a toilet, and the jokes were flowing--ANYTHING to get some attention for DSDO. (One of these years, we're going to win the costume prize.) Just like last year, it was great for the three directors to get to do this event together.

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Busch Systems Dragon Boat Team Members

We'd like to thank Busch SystemsElaine and coach Ian for raising $2875 that is being used for our latest water projects. We have purchased equipment to have on hand for when repairs are needed at our boreholes, water tower and reverse osmosis unit.

We are very grateful to Busch Systems for their support for three years in a row!

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Linda, Carol, and Andrew in costumes on the marathon route

It was chilly, but sunny! In our second year participating, we had 17 enthusiastic supporters registered to run. We raised $11,367 online, with another $2781 offline, for a grand total of $14,147!

Just like last year, Carol and Andrew got dressed up, this time as water fairies, to draw attention to DSDO. It was extra special to have Linda participating with us--we had fun doing the 5 k with Michele and Nikki.

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Busch team in their dragon boat on the water.

On August 23rd, 2014Busch Systems and BDO, two wonderful Barrie companies, competed in the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival and raised funds for DSDO.

A grand total of $5714.10 was raised to go toward our borehole project.

We are so grateful that while having fun ON the water, these companies are helping PROVIDE water! Thanks especially to the crew captains, Shannon Taylor and Deanna Lancaster.

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Carol in "water drop" costume and Andrew in "water bucket" costume on marathon route

We decided to try something new! In our first year participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, we had 18 people join our team and raise money to help fund our food programme and pay for our sponsored teachers. We managed to raise a whopping $15,671!!!

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Busch Buccaneers Dragon team members in boat on water.

August 2013 saw Busch SystemsBDO and Barriston Law, three wonderful Barrie companies, taking part in the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival and raising funds for DSDO.

They took part in a friendly competition both on the water for final times and in the fundraising.

A grand total of $9325.50 was raised to go toward our water initiatives which include our two filtered water stations, the Busch/BDO/Barriston Water Reservoir, and some left over to go towards a borehole for the village!

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Five members of drumming group performing on stage

In May of 2010, our first group of eight teacher volunteers to Dekpor organized a fundraiser in Toronto. Linda's Ghanaian drumming group provided entertainment, and there were draws, a silent auction with wonderful items, and the opportunity to buy books for the Dekpor library.

A big thanks to everyone who made the evening such a success!

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