Trail’s First Presbyterian Church is inviting residents to drink up to raise money for a well in Africa.
Youth from the church will be serving strawberry shortcakes and tea at the Strawberry Social; a gathering on June 4, where those attending are also encouraged to come decked out in a fun hat.
Members will be wearing hats similar to the founder hats at the royal wedding to enthuse the beautiful spring garden theme of the tea. The party favours will also be judged in numerous contests and awards will be dolled out.
Fruitvale resident Merlene Plefted, who is a member of the church, said fundraising for wells in Malawi, a landlocked country in southeast Africa, will make the world of difference for women and children, who spend their days packing water back to their homes to help their families instead of working and educating themselves.
“If we can have a fresh water well in their community, hopefully it can help them prosper and do well.” she said.
In the past, the church has raised money for farm animals in needy countries but this is the first time it’s concentrated its efforts on a well, which costs around $7,000.
The church has already raised about $1,500 from pledges from April’s 30-hour famine and hope that this event will ring in more money for the cause.
The Strawberry Social will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 4 at the church located on Pine Avenue.
Tickets are $3 at the door for anyone who wants to come down to enjoy some gospel music and socialization all while helping those in need.