Just one week left to the get together commemorating the 4th anniversary of Katrina.

For two weeks in May 2009, 23 Ryerson students and their instructor (me) went to New Orleans to build houses, replant the wetlands, and help do whatever was necessary to bring families home. We worked with several groups while they were there including the St. Bernard Project – www.stbernardproject.org On August 29th, the St. Bernard Project is launching its 4NOLA campaign to recognize the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – yes, its been 4 years. We have been maintaining a blog about our experiences, and in August we have been writing a post a day as we approach the 4th anniversary –toronto2nola.wordpress.com

We are holding a launch party on August 29th to share information about our experiences and to raise money for the 4NOLA campaign. Our goal is $15 000US over the next 8 months. Students in CINT 908 – Homelessness in Canadian Society – will also be helping to raise money this year. $15000 is enough to fully fund the reconstruction of a house – built with volunteer labour and is therefore enough to bring a family home.

What: Toronto2NOLA’s 4NOLA Fundraising Launch
When: August 29th 2009
Time: 6-9pm
Where: Sistering DropIn. 962 Bloor Street West at Dovercourt
Cost: Free but donations are strongly encouraged

We will have a silent auction, pictures of our trip, student’s stories and the film students made about our experiences.

Check out our Facebook event page or please RSVP to Tanya Gulliver at ryerson.tanya@gmail.com

If you are unable to attend we welcome donations (cash or items to auction). We also have an online giving site at www.firstgiving.com/toronto2nola

Thanks and hope to see you there