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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to Help Orphans in Uganda

SEPT. 12, 2008--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls chapter of Building Tomorrow (BT) will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Applebee's restaurant in Hudson, 2001 Coulee Road, on Sept. 20 from 8 to 10 a.m. to help build a school for orphans infected with HIV/AIDS in Kampala, Uganda.

Cost is $6 for all-you-can-eat pancakes. Tickets will be sold at the door Sept. 20 and in advance at the University Center on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BT is an international nonprofit organization working to empower young people by raising funds and awareness for the construction of primary school academies serving vulnerable children throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Based in Indianapolis, Ind., BT works with about 15 college campuses across the United States and has a partnership with Key Club International, a high school service organization with more than 245,000 members worldwide.

To fund the construction of one school, BT will raise $32,000 and the local community in Kampala will raise $8,000. The UWRF chapter goal is to raise $12,000 to build two classrooms by May 2009. According to BT, every morning some 41 million children in sub-Saharan Africa wake up with no school to attend. In Uganda, only 18 percent of children have the opportunity to continue to secondary education and more than 1.1 million children who are classified as orphans or vulnerable children are not enrolled in primary school.

In areas where these figures are comparatively low, BT searches for and purchases a plot of land within close proximity of potential students. On this land, Building Tomorrow, with the help of the local community, constructs an eight-room school with a kitchen, toilets, and soccer field.

BT's first school built in partnership with Meeting Point Kampala opened in May 2006 with money collected by college students in the fall of 2004. BT currently has four primary schools constructed and hopes to build 10 schools by 2010.

These schools are used as a learning nucleus for the communities in which they are placed. The guiding mission is to educate vulnerable children in impoverished areas and raise HIV awareness in the community to ultimately reduce the spread of AIDS. As a result, American college students will witness the impact of their actions and gain a greater understanding of a commitment to global change.

The fundraiser is sponsored by the UWRF chapter of BT, a service program under the Leadership Development and Service Committee (LDSC), and Applebee's restaurant. For more information, c ontact Alicia Hurkman, 715.425.4444, alicia.hurkman@uwrf.edu . For more information on BT, visit www.buildingtomorrow.org .

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