Northbridge pizzeria set to Raise the Roof for charity
by Guest Author
Federal member for North Sydney Joe Hockey, sporting legend Laurie Daley and Mrs Australia, Karen Gee, are among the North Shore pizza lovers supporting a fun charity event for South African AIDS orphans next month.
The Raise the Roof party, put on by popular Northbridge pizzeria Borrusos, will raise money for Eniwe Childrens Fund, an inspiring not-for-profit organisation founded and run by restaurant owner Robyn Borruso.
Borrusos inaugural fundraising event in 2009 saw more than $80 000 raised for charity a figure they hope to beat this time for Eniwe and children everywhere.
Mrs Borruso said she was blown away by local support and encouraged anyone passionate about the plight of these deserving African orphans to take part.
Its just incredible - people have really reached out their hearts to these amazing little children we are trying to help and I know the event on October 13 will show that, the Davidson mother-of-two said.
I started Eniwe Childrens Fund after my family and I visited an orphanage in Eniwe region In South Africa last year. The children at the orphanage were so much more than just statistics; each had a unique story of pain and loss and yet they approached life with a zeal that is rarely seen in children that have all their day-to-day needs met. I found these little people to be open, warm and full of love and affection. I was humbled and inspired.
At some point in our lives, we all take family and food for granted. Eniwe supports children who have neither, and as a mother that breaks my heart.
Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey is supporting the worthy cause by auctioning off his time - a coffee meeting for two at his favourite pizzeria, Borrusos.
As a father of three children under seven, I take a strong interest in the health and well-being of my kids. While my job means I have less time with them, they are lucky to have a loving and dedicated mother, and I, a very supportive wife in Melissa, Mr Hockey said.
But not every child is that lucky. Programs such as the Eniwe Childrens Charity bring home to me, how much we take things for granted here in Australia.
Robyn Borruso and the Eniwe Childrens Charity is bringing awareness to the HIVAIDS ravaged area of Kwa-Zulu, South Africa, which has left thousands of children orphaned and homeless. The funds raised will go to support an orphanage in the area. The orphanage is more than just an institution; it is home to these children who otherwise would literally be out on the streets.
As Member of North Sydney, Im really glad to have so many active community organisations like Robyns, operating from within the electorate. I wish Robyn and Eniwe Childrens Charity a very successful night.
Currently more than 3.4 million South African children have lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic. Some 11 million children or 60 per cent of all children in South Africa - live in dire poverty on less than $20 per month. About one third of the countrys population suffers from food insecurity in which they can only afford two hot meals a week. For many children this means starvation. Right now in South Africa, one in every ten children is infected with a chronic illness.
The vastness of these numbers may seem overwhelming, but we can all do something to help, Mrs Borruso said.
Eniwe Childrens Fund was established in order to support and give hope to the33 inspiring little people inside the Kwa-Zulu Natal orphanage in the Eniwe region. The orphanage opened in 2007 with three children arriving on the first night, and within two days, they were full.
Many of these small people lost their parents at an age where they can still remember life in a nuclear family; they remember lullabies sung to them by their mother as they worked with them on their backs; they remember the warm affection of their parents before their lives were changed forever.
To visit these children is a privilege and an honour and an absolute life changing experience. They are warm and open, and within a few minutes of being there you will find a small hand in yours or a little person clambering up onto your lap.
Dont ever believe that the problem is too big for you to make a difference; tell that to the child with a full belly, a bed to sleep in, some shoes to wear on cold winter mornings, an education and hope for the future.
The Raise the Roof Party will be held at Borrusos Pizza and Pasta on Thursday, October 13.
Tickets are $75 and include entertainment, dancing as well as fabulous food and drinks, with all proceeds supporting Eniwe.
Auction items include African Lodges and Safaris, a queen-sized Latex bed from Latex Bedding Co, a Thai Resort Holiday and getaways to the Sunshine Coast and Mollymook on the states south coast.
Tickets are limited so get yours now on 0409 943 091 or email
For more information visit http:www.eniwechildrensfund.org
WHAT: Raise the Roof party, raising money for South African AIDS orphanage
WHEN: Thursday, October 13 at 7pm
WHERE: Borrusos Pizza and Pasta, 165 Strathallen Ave, Northbridge
BOOKINGS: 0409 943 091 or firstname.lastname@example.org