The Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam
Fund-Raising Event, Ottawa
On September 13, 2014, Ethiopians and
Canadians origin of Ethiopia organized a GERD fund-raising event night. In the
event, Ethiopians, friends of Ethiopia as well as people from the neighbouring
and the Nile basin countries gathered and raised substantial amount of money
for the GERD project.
Ethiopians in the National Capital (Ottawa-Gatineau)
flocked to the Saint Joseph Hall, 151 Laurie East Avenue. The hall was totally
full beyond its capacity and many people who showed up late were required to
share seats with their friends as there was shortage of seats.
The attendees were from all walks of life
and that mix shows the true diversity of Ethiopia, which is the main source of
our strength and beauty. We can simply say that Ethiopians in Ottawa were at
their best night.
The fund-raising events started by
“Ashenda” –the New Year popular music, followed by different speeches including
representative of the FDRE embassy in Canada and Engineer Semegnew Bekele
General Manager of the GERD. Engineer Shemegnew made an uplifting speech from
the dam via teleconference. Attendees had the chance to interact with the
General Manager about the time line of the project and of course the main
challenges that the project faces, if there is any. Up front, with no
uncertain words, the General Manager assured Ethiopians that the project will
be finished within the planned time and candidly answered to all questions rose
by the audience. In turn, Ethiopians express their satisfaction with the
progress of the dam and promised to do their level best to support the GERD
project financially and stand tall along the people of Ethiopia up to its completion.
Thought out the evening, Ethiopian showed
their strong support for the GERD by buying bonds, donating money and
participating in Tombola games and other activities. Generally, this year
event grew its popular support, particularly the youth. The enthusiasm, self-confidence
and self-reliance of Ethiopian was beyond words that can express it.
Taking this opportunity, the GERD
fund-raising organizing committee of Ottawa would greatly appreciate all those
who showed up for the event and contributed in any capacity.
As we begun, we will finish it!!!