IT WAS a wonderful Sunday at Riverside International Church as the sun shone brightly and everyone was busy setting up all kinds of stalls to raise money for young missionary, Ruben Parente, who is working in Mozambique (Africa).
Ruben is in desperate need of a vehicle to get around from village to village in the large geographical region of Pambarra, Central Mozambique. The Riverside community dedicated the day to help him buy a four-wheel drive vehicle (no other vehicle will navigate the type of terrain he has to travel). They were told that an international dealership makes new four-wheel drive vehicles available to missionaries in Africa for only 6.000 euros!
The stalls included plants, arts and crafts, and home-grown produce. The food was donated by Riverside members to maximise on proceeds towards the vehicle. A raffle with wonderful prizes, donated from generous homes and businesses, helped raise more funds than were expected.
Children had a fun day with games and swimming, while adults enjoyed rides in the latest environmentally friendly Prius-Hybrid electric car from Toyota, which was brought in by David Burt. Another company provided a stall with electric scooters and mopeds for people to try.
It was an awareness day for the environment as well as a totally fun packed Sunday – all for a wonderful cause. Helen Scarf, organiser of the event, would like to thank those who helped raise in excess of 1.600 euros for Ruben.
For more information about the Riverside International Church’s fund-raising work, call Pastor Eddie Fernandes on 214 836 590.