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Sharing with Gurais, fund-raiser held to aid sister community

Recently, 180 Pagosans enjoyed a traditional Pakistani dinner and learned about Pagosa Springs’ Sister Community in Pakistan, Gurais.

Nearly $7,000 was donated. This money will be used to teach first aid to 400 residents in Gurais, and to provide formal training in midwifery to 10 ladies living in the region.

Although total donations for the year are about $4,000 short of our needs, we are proceeding with the training so it can be completed before the road to the Gurais Valley is closed for the winter by snow. Donations can be made directly to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship/Pakistan (PO Box 5984, Pagosa Springs CO 81147) or by calling David Smith (264 6647).

The success of this fund-raiser is due to a broad community effort, which in itself demonstrates that Pagosans care about our Sister Community in Pakistan.

The Organizing Committee includes Ron and Windsor Chacey, Cindi Galabota, Sally High, Tom and Ming Steen, and Jean and David Smith.

The nine-course dinner was prepared by Stephany Bouchier, Cate Smock, Suzanne Coe, Bill and Nancy Crouse, Antoine Forest, Sylvia Goosens, Rita Jensen, Jeanine Malaney, Barb and Jan Ogletree, and Jean Smith. The dinner was held in the Parish Hall of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Table decorations were prepared by Ed and Lynn Funk, Suzanne Coe and Kim Moore. Bill Nobles auctioned two hand-knotted Pakistani carpets. Joanne Irons provided table service, Dale Malaney photographed the event and the Four Corners Folk Festival sponsored the dinner. Youth from St. Patrick’s, the UU Fellowship, Grace Evangelical, United Methodist, Immaculate Heart, Restoration Fellowship, and 4-H waited the tables. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is processing the donations. News media helping to publicize the fundraiser include The Pagosa SUN, The Pagosa Daily Post,, KSUT FM and KWUF AM.

When the residents of the Gurais Valley learn of this broad community effort, they will be very pleased. They will further be aware and understand that we Americans in their Sister Community really do care, and that we know how to be family and help our Sister Community.