IMPERIAL – “Give Water, Give Life” was the slogan for the Burning Bush International annual dinner Friday at the Ricochet Rec Center. The dinner raised awareness and built support for the water crisis in Uganda.
“We’re focusing this year on getting clean water in this area we’re involved in”, explained Jim Rhodes, the main host of the event. “We’ve been able to do two water wells in the past, but we’re now working with a non-profit organization which will help lower the cost in order to do ten deep-water wells in Uganda. We plan to raise the funds in the next six months with events like these.”
Raffle tickets allowed attendees the chance to win donated gifts. People also bid at the silent auction for donated art paintings, with a retail price of $1000. The profits went directly to the organization.
Display boards showed the organization’s various accomplishments, such as ministry activities in Uganda.
On display also was a Uganda replica water system, complete with life-like structures. guests could easily imagine what access to clean water meant to the citizens of Uganda.
“It looks like everyone is enjoying themselves,”, said Rhodes. “We’re trying to create more awareness of dirty water in Uganda and how clear water really changes everything. We’ll be discussing this in detail. A lot of what we’re trying to do is awareness and information. And from that we hope people will be motivated to act to help us bring clean water to this region in Uganda.”
Opening remarks were given by Jim and Nancie Rhodes, explaining their organization’s purpose and achievements. The National Anthem was performed by Emma Walker prior to dinner being served. The dinner consisted of culture-based foods, such as African chicken and specialty finger foods.
A music program was then held by The Walker Family Band and the series of promotion and guest speakers such as Nick Jordan, from the organization Wells of Life.
The event concluded with a “How You Can Help” presentation for guests and the auction item results for the night.
“Ricochet is a terrific provider for the meals and planning. They allowed us to spend more time on promotion, so we’ve had an excellent turnout. The best we’ve ever had in our three years of having this dinner”, said Rhodes.