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Happy New Year!

We hope that everyone had a relaxing holiday break and managed to enjoy some quality time with family and friends.

We have been very busy here at INSPIRE!africa and we are pleased to report some significant progress. Firstly, we invite you to attend our First Annual Fundraising Event to be held at the Virginia Christopher Fine Art Gallery in Calgary on Thursday February 22. It will be an after-work cocktail reception with entertainment, a silent auction and appetizers provided by Vue Cafe. For further details, see our event poster, attached. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to the Rwanda Girls School, a secondary school for 600 girls that will provide girls with the opportunity of education preparing them for university and leadership roles in their country (please check out their website at www.RwandaGirlsSchool.org and the RGS Newsletter attached).

Rebecca Tinsley, founder of the Rwanda Girls School will be our keynote speaker. She will be speaking about life in Rwanda since the 1994 Genocide, why a school for girls is both needed and important and she will also provide an update on the construction of the school The cost of tickets are $25, which will cover our expenses only. Donations, by cheque or cash, will be requested at the event. It is sure to be an interesting evening and we look forward to seeing you there.

Our website has now been posted! Check us out at www.INSPIREafrica.org. We are extremely pleased with the design of our site and are truly grateful to Avasa Web Design for their patience, creativity as well as all the time they donated to produce a site which we believe accurately represents the essence of INSPIRE!africa. A big thank you to our friends at Avasa!

Finally our Gift Cards were very successful for the Christmas season and over $2,000 was donated through the cards. Many who purchased the cards have told us how appreciative the recipients were especially since the money was going toward such a good cause: the Rwanda Girls School. For those who purchased cards and would like the recipient to be added to our contact list so they receive updates like this, please let us know and we would be happy to do that. Also, the gift cards were designed in such a way that they can be used for any occasion, so if you have a birthday, wedding, anniversary or other present to buy for someone who has everything, please consider an INSPIRE!africa gift card.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you for your support and best wishes for 2007,

Margaret, Alix, Dana and Becky

INSPIRE!africa Board of Directors