Women’s empowerment key to fundraiser in Victoria

Clothing designer hosting event benefiting Youth for Africa Foundation

A local clothing designer and retailer is hosting a musical fundraiser Dec. 1 to help women in Uganda get on their feet financially.

Charis Zillman of Trunk and Bobbin clothing is focusing her efforts on raising money for the Youth Focus Africa Foundation. The initiative was created eight years ago by native son Valance Lutaisire, who, despite being orphaned went on to become the first university graduate from his village of Lugazi.

The foundation runs two children’s school, has a micro-finance program and operates a women’s empowerment program, teaching women skills that can help them provide for their families.

Zillman has taught sewing classes to women in the town as part of the empowerment program. Also a folk singer-songwriter, she is among the entertainers for the fundraiser evening.

Most of the donated silent auction items are arts-related, from Zillman’s custom vintage-inspired clothing to dance-class certificates.

The event gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Church of Our Lord hall, corner of Blanshard and Humboldt streets. Suggested admission donation is $5.

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