An “African Fun Day” event for children will be held on Wednesday Aug. 7 at City Park on Crescent Creek in Gig Harbor.
The event is a fundraiser for Gig Harbor pre-school teacher and resident Tiersa Chaffin’s trip to Africa to teach orphaned children.
The fundraiser will be from 2 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. A children’s concert performed by Jim Valley will begin at 5:30 p.m.
There will be a wide range of things to do throughout the day, including a water balloon fight, Chaffin said.
“It is kind of like a field day with an African theme,” Chaffin said.
To go with the Africa theme, children will receive a passport when they arrive, and will earn a stamp for each completed activity. If a child completes all ten activities he or she will receive a prize.
New Gig Harbor sub shop, Jersey Mikes will be selling sandwiches at the event. All proceeds will support Chaffin’s trip.
Chaffin will embark on a two year journey beginning in October to teach pre-school to orphans at New Life Home in Swaziland.
“I’m excited to be in their lives, in the community, and not just be their teacher,” Chaffin said.
Swaziland is a small country, roughly the size of New Jersey, located in between South Africa and Mozambique. There are more than 80 thousand orphans in Swaziland, more than 12 times the population of Gig Harbor.
Between 40 to 60 orphans are housed at New Life Home, Chaffin said. Orphans live in family style living arrangements at New Life Home. They live with a mom, are given chores, have a bedroom and belong to a family, Chaffin said.
Chaffin will be teaching English, establishing a curriculum and training teachers, she said.
Tickets are on sale now for the event, at $15 per child or $30 for a family pack. Adults and children ages two and younger are free. You can also support Chaffin by donating at AfricanLeadershipPartners.org.
“We are hoping for a big turnout,” Chaffin said. “I just know it’s going to be a really fun day.”