VestaFire Entertainment goes Global!
Nanaimo’s VestaFire Entertainment has been selected, along with a select international team, to head to Thailand for 6 weeks in January 2012! They’ll be teaching circus and performing fire shows for children in the Burmese refugee camps, orphanages and hospitals.
Over 200,000 refugees line the borders of Thailand and Burma, held in refugee camps that can barely manage to provide for basic necessities. Tens of thousands of these refugees are children who have been traumatized by the ongoing war waged by the Burmese military dictatorship against the regions hill-tribes. In addition to basic necessities like shelter, clothes, food and education, children also need hope, joy and play.
The organization that hosts this volunteer excursion is SPARK! Circus (www.sparkcircus.org). SPARK! reaches over 4,000 children each year with circus-style fire shows, playshops and donations of toys, art supplies, and creative tools. Their goal is to lighten the childrens’ days with magic, wonder, laughter and smiles. SPARK! is completely volunteer based, and relies entirely on your generous donations and community support.
Karina Strong’s daughter (8 yrs old) will be joining her on this adventure. “I’m excited to share this adventure with my daughter.” says Strong. “Both the cultural experience of living almost 2 months in another country, and bringing joy to refugee children, will be an incredible life lesson for us both!”
VestaFire will be performing a number of benefit shows over the next few months (both for families, and an Adult only Halloween show Oct 29th with Naughty N Spice Burlesque Troupe) to raise money to assist with the purchase of supplies and props for the refugee children. All VestaFire proceeds go directly to the refugee children.
The Strongs’ will be blogging along the way on http://www.VestaFireEntertainment.ca, and will be presenting talks about their their incredible experiences upon their return. Donations for refugee children’s supplies and circus props can be made through http://www.VestaFireEntertainment.ca
Please click here to donate.