On October 7th, 2007, The UTS African Student Body was invited to African Music Night, a barbeque to fundraise for the Mackenzie Little Angels in Zambia. The barbeque was hosted at the home of Mr. Tsumagari, Director of the International Relief and Friendship Foundation (IRFF) International. Mr. Mikio Yoshida (UTS M.Div student) is the International coordinator, of Mackenzie Little Angels and the organizer and director of Hibiki Music Ministry, which is closely affiliated with IRFF.
In appreciation of the efforts by Mikio Yoshida and the Mackenzie Little Angels, the UTS African Student Body decided to organize a fundraiser to contribute towards the Mackenzie Little Angels. The event, ‘Appreciation Night’ was held on Saturday November 24th 2007, and raised $333.
The students from Africa are, Abdel Ahmed (Sudan), Frank Alapini (Benin), Julie Kyungu (Cameroon), Chipo Muzorewa (Zimbabwe), Emmanuel Tanui (Kenya), , Leonard Tusenche (Tanzania) and Prosper Wa Banza (Congo). They are the first group to enroll in a Master of Religious Education with an Inter-Religious Peacebuilding concentration at UTS. George Ogurie (Nigeria) is completing his Masters in Divinity.
Emmanuel was the Master of Ceremony. Opening and closing prayers were given by Leonard and Abdel respectively. Prosper prepared the venue, and Chipo co-coordinated the event. A brief introduction to Africa was made by Frank. Julie served as hostess, offering delicious snacks which the guests enjoyed. George supported the function in spirit and his donation was appreciated along with the donations from our wonderful guests.
Appreciation for the support by UTS faculty, staff and students is extended to Dr. Mickler, who lectures on World Religions and Global Conflict. He offered his reflections on the event.
Special thanks go to Kenji Toyomura, President of Student Government who supported the event; Mr. Nakata (Japan) for taking photographs; Mr. Yoon (Korea) for recording the event on video; the UTS Bookstore for donating the raffle prize — a wonderful warm UTS sweatshirt; the UTS Library staff; Mikio and Ravil Kayumov (Russia) for arranging the audio and visual equipment; Sergio Alcubilla (Philippines) and Steve Chang (Taiwan) for printing the flyers; the and Steve Goldiamond (USA), Glenda Davila-Lopez (Costa Rica) and Saburo Sekiguchi (Japan) for collecting the donations. UTS Kitchen for providing the snacks which were donated by the student government;
Helping those who do not have is a natural gesture at UTS, where the African Students have received new winter undergarments from the UTS African Alumni, new Korean winter jackets from the UTS Korean Student Body, and various types of clothes have been donated by the community at large.
The handover ceremony of the donations to IRFF’s Director Mr. Tsumagari, who in turn handed it over to Mikio on behalf of the Mackenzie Little Angels in Zambia, took place at UTS on Monday November 26th 2007. The President of UTS, Dr. Tyler Hendricks, graced the ceremony with his presence as did UTS students, faculty and staff.