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(QCOSTARICA) Public Service Announcement – Canadians are gearing up to raise funds for a badly needed new roof and outhouses at a remote school high up in the Talamanca mountain range.

The Asociación Caritativa Canadiense (ACC) extends an invitation to expats and friends-of-Canada to join the celebration of their homeland’s 148th birthday with a Family-Fun day at the Hotel La Rosa de America in La Garita on Saturday, June 27, from 10 am to 3 pm. www.larosadeamerica.com

Ticket purchases support a 16-year program of assistance to schools in need. ACC’s goal is to exceed last year’s proceeds of $3,000 so that the good works can continue.

A small team from the ACC braved a difficult two-hour horseback ride to reach the Sarkli school in the Talamancas and assess their needs. They found the roof of the school to be severely leaking – an intolerable situation for the 16 indigenous Cabacar children and their teacher during the many months of rain. And, the outhouse was unfit for use – the children and various members of the community were all using the teacher’s bathroom. Proceeds from this year’s Canada Day celebration will provide the materials, transportation and labor to undertake and complete the project.

A new venture is also planned, to focus on high schools with high drop-out rates. The ACC hopes to provide needed infrastructure, defined by the students themselves, that has the greatest value to improve their learning environment and pride in school. Three high schools considered for the ambitious pilot project are located in Alajuelita, Limón and Tibas.

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Tickets for the June 27 event are ¢10,000; children under age 12 are FREE! Included are great food, a big swimming pool, music, raffle prizes, ‘Buy It Now’ table, cash bar and more. To purchase tickets or to make a donation to the ACC’s school projects, please contact aspinall.lisa@gmail.com 

The work of The Asociación Caritativa Canadiense began in 2000 as the Outreach Committee of the Canadian Club of Costa Rica. Since then over $330,000 has been donated to 95 schools in need throughout Costa Rica.