Around Town: Church raises money
for wells in EthiopiaThe united efforts of two summer camps, Sunday morning programs, and a Walk4Water culminated in raising $4,500 for drinking wells in Ethiopia, says Jeremy Drew, director of the Children's Ministry of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.
Throughout June and July, children across the Peninsula saved their spare change to buy a well, he says. Several children hosted bake sales and lemonade stands. Children at the Zapped Day Camp for Kids and the Creative Kids Camp filled jars of change daily.
More than 190 people walked for water on July 28.
One well in Ethopia costs $2,600. Change raised by the children, a matching donation for one well by an anonymous donor, and another by the missions department, allowed funds for four wells to be made to World Vision, which will supply the wells in Ethiopia.
A fashion show and luncheon benefiting Kainos Home and Training Center Vocational Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.
Kainos is a Redwood City-based nonprofit that provides services to adults with developmental disabilities.
Bernadette Mellott of San Carlos and Shirley Carlson of Atherton are co-chairs of the event, which is sponsored by the Kainos Auxiliary. Clients of Kainos, their parents, and community leaders will be among those modeling men's fashions from Patrick James of Palo Alto and women's fashions from Coldwater Creek of Hillsdale. Tickets are $75 per guest. Reservations are required and are available by calling 363-2423.
Kainos Home and Training Center is located at 3631 Jefferson Ave., in Redwood City.
Farewell to falls
The causes of falls and safety tips to help reduce falls for older adults will be the topic of a presentation by Ellen Corman at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Menlo Park City Council chambers, 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park. Ms. Corman is the supervisor of injury prevention at Stanford Hospital's Trauma Service.
Every 15 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room in the United States as a result of a fall, says Ms. Corman. More than one third of adults ages 65 and older fall each year. By looking at home safety, medications, strength and balance, many falls can be prevented, she says.
The event is free and supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free Van service for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities is available by calling 330-2512.