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Order a Colombo dinner and help bring a family to Kamloops

On March 16, the monthly Colombo Cares take-home dinner program will be raising money for RAFT ((Refugees And Friends Together).
RAFT
In 2018, RAFT (Refugees And Friends Together) welcomed a family to Kamloops. The group is working on bringing another refugee family to the city in 2022.

Refugees bound for Kamloops are the focus of a fundraiser connected to food.

On Wednesday, March 16, the monthly Colombo Cares take-home dinner program will be raising money for RAFT (Refugees And Friends Together).

Since the 1970s and the arrival of the Vietnamese “boat people,” the group now known as RAFT has been helping individuals and families settle in Kamloops. Hundreds of refugees have come to Kamloops and, with the support of RAFT, became newcomers in our community.

Since the start of the pandemic, the federal government has halted almost all refugees fro arriving to Canada. Earlier this month, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced a new multi-year immigration plan that would again welcome newcomers to Canada. The plan is to resettle approximately 77,000 refugees this year, 74,000 in 2023 and 62,500 in 2024. One of the largest groups Ottawa is working to resettle is 40,000 people from Afghanistan.

RAFT has a long history of supporting refugees settle in Kamloops, including from Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Columbia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Liberia and Vietnam.

RAFT is aiming to initiate a private sponsorship in 2022 to bring one or more families to Kamloops. To do this, RAFT needs to raise $30,000 or more, depending on the size of the family.

Part of that fundraising is the March 16 Colombo Cares dinner. From 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, proceeds from dinners purchased and picked up will go to RAFT. The meal features the Colombo Lodge’s famous pasta with a vegetarian tomato sauce, served alongside a generous portion of roast chicken. Each dinner for two is $33. To order, go to RAFT’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/raftkamloops, order direct from Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.ca/e/colombo-cares-take-home-dinner-march-16-2022-tickets-273915286997 or call Colombo Lodge at 250-374-4914.