Contact: Paul Sivley
503 502 3385
firstname.lastname@example.orgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORTLAND SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION SCHEDULES “FUNRAISER” TO BENEFIT A SISTER CITY IN ZIMBABWE
PORTLAND, OR (September 28, 2016) The Portland-Mutare, Zimbabwe Sister City Association (PMSCA) announced a bowlathon event to support the health and education programs they finance in Southern Africa.
In the past 12 years, PMSCA has raised well over $150,000 to support programs for youth and women, the deaf, the terminally ill, and animal welfare in Portland’s Sister City of Mutare, Zimbabwe. Mutare, a town that became our sister city 25 years ago, is about the same size as Portland, and which is located in Zimbabwe, a Southern African nation. Portland has 9 sister cities, but the relationship with Mutare is the only one with a humanitarian focus. All contributions to PMSCA are tax deductible and the organization is 100% volunteer run.
PMSCA has sent computers, partially covered teacher salaries and student fees, mailed 1200 eyeglasses, built a clinic, funded 2 ambulances, helped fund a car for rural hospice health outreach, funded a mother's shelter, clothing, textbooks, toys, school supplies, generators, musical instruments, sports uniforms, phones, heaters, and radios. Recently, they agreed to fund bed pans and wheelchairs for hospice patients, materials that deaf students will use to make and sell feminine products, supplies for animal welfare in Mutare, and a sports and skills development camp for deaf youth.
Besides fundraisers, PMSCA operates a marketplace where they sell handicrafts made by HIV+ women from Mutare. The marketplace will be at the bowlathon. Tickets will also be sold toward a raffle for a gorgeous hand made quilt.
The bowl-a-thon is on October 23, 2016 from noon- 2pm at King Pins Lanes at 3550 SE 92nd Avenue. Tickets are $25 pp and can be purchased now at http://portlandmutare.org/pmsca/upcoming-events/. There will be raffle prizes and team awards for best costumes, team spirit and more.
Co-Chair Paul Sivley said: “I can't overemphasize how basic the needs are in Mutare and how much we enjoy in the West that they don't. Having been there 3 times I can personally attest to the need and how carefully our group expends resources.”
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If you'd like more information about this topic or would like to schedule an interview, please contact Paul Sivley at 503 502 3385 or email@example.com. More can be learned about PMSCA via www.portlandmutare.org and https://www.facebook.com/PortlandMutareSisterCity/?ref=hl