Golden Opportunities for Refugees to host final fundraisers

Golden Opportunities for Refugees are hosting their final fundraisers to welcome a Syrian family.

Golden Opportunities for Refugees are hosting their final fundraisers to welcome a Syrian family to Golden.

The group set a fundraising goal to bring a family to Golden to create a new life for themselves, and October 14 will mark the end of their fundraising goals. Now, moving the family of four to Golden will rest in the government’s hands. In May, GOFR received notice that their request to sponsor a family in Golden was approved, but it will take some time before they are able to arrive, explained GOFR’s Kathy Simpson.

“It’s good to know that we have been approved. We are ready for them,” she said. “This town has been incredibly generous.”

Both event’s on Oct. 14 are by donation. Simpson and Mary Lynn Lewis wanted to invite the community out for one last fundraising event to have fun and celebrate reaching their fundraising goal.

“We tried to make these two events as affordable as possible,” Lewis said.

The first event takes place during the day at the seniors centre from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Multicultural Fair will be a family friendly event, welcoming booths from international students, a French cafe, and more. To wrap up the fundraising and evening, Sarah Calvert will play at a house concert south of town. People are asked to bring their a small appetizer and beverages and plan a safe ride home at the end of the evening. The house concert will take place at Brenda and John Managh’s residence at 1756 Hwy 95 South.

“I think it will be a fun house concert,” Lewis said, adding that they are both very grateful for the Managh’s.

GOFR has been fundraising since the new year, and were able to reach their goal of $50,000 for the family.

“It really is a testament to the big heart in our community,” Lewis said.

For more information about the upcoming fundraisers, contact Golden Opportunities for Refugees at To check out Calvert’s music, or for more information about the show, go to

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