Local teen hosts fundraiser for poverty-stricken communityBy Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | May 11,2013CASTLETON — When Kaylie Flannigan began her benefit fundraiser last summer to help a small school in Honduras, she did not think that money would become the last resort to help feed the school’s impoverished students.
The 19-year-old, who just completed her first year at Simmons College in Boston, said she recently heard from the school’s headmaster that the Honduran government cut funding for student meals pretty much completely.
“Originally we were helping for weekend meals, but since the government cut all the money, we are all the money they are getting,” said Flannigan of her benefit fundraiser Hope for Honduras. “They had money through April from what we sent them (before).”
To raise funds, Flannigan and her mother Angela Woodbury have planned a basket raffle and lunch event at 11 a.m. today at the American Legion in Castleton. Tickets cost $5 and there will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.
A local craftswoman will be selling handbags with a portion of the profits going to help Hope for Honduras.
Flannigan started the fundraiser last summer after a two-week trip to St. Gertrude’s School in El Paraiso, Honduras, with Rotary International. During her trip, she learned that the 34 students receive two meals a day and a snack, including on Saturdays — but it was becoming more difficult because the government was reducing funding.
When she returned home, Flannigan made it her mission to send funds to help supplement meals. Through fundraising events, she raised several thousand dollars to send down — Flannigan did not have a specific figure. She said it costs the school $35 a day to feed 34 students breakfast, lunch and a snack.
“Donations are going through Rotary International,” Flannigan said.
Other events planned include a lawn sale June 22-23 and a small basket raffle at the Fair Haven Union High School spring fling. Donations for the lawn sale are being accepted. For more information, contact Flannigan or Woodbury at 468-5298.
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