Edmonton, Alberta – December 15, 2020 – ICChange, the Edmonton based non-profit with global reach, announces more than $31,000 raised through its “Kickstart KIMSSEA” Holiday Fundraising campaign, done in collaboration with Tom Jackson’s Huron Carole virtual concert.
The “Kickstart KIMSSEA” campaign launched November 2, 2020 with the goal of raising $50,000 to offset the cost of shutting down construction of the Kenya Innovative Manufacturing Space and Social Entrepreneurship Academy (KIMSSEA) back in March due to COVID-19. KIMSSEA is a 21st century maker space not far from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Once built, it will provide local, social innovators with much needed access to resources, mentorship, and light manufacturing to bring their innovative ideas to fruition, and products and services to market.
This give/get holiday campaign gifted anyone who donated more than $30 a virtual ticket to Tom Jackson’s Huron Carole concert. The concert has a 30-year history of raising money for various causes, and ICChange donors enjoyed an evening of music and storytelling on December 13, 2020 through a private viewing party.
For Donald G. Simpson, a long-time supporter of ICChange, the message of hope and love from the concert really resonated, compelling him to offer a matching gift of up to $7,000 for any additional donations received between now and December 31, 2020. According to Mr. Simpson, “this matching gift is given in memory of my close friend, the late Jimmy Kanja, who was an amazing, compassionate entrepreneur in Kenya, and who would be excited with the plans for KIMSSEA, in which his children are involved.”
Dr. Abdullah Saleh, CEO of ICChange, is humbled by the support. “2020 has been a challenging year,” says Dr. Saleh, “and seeing so many show their support for our work through these donations reminds me of how important our work is, and gets us one step closer to having real, on-the-ground impact in Kenya.”
To donate to “Kickstart KIMSSEA”, please visit: https://my.charitableimpact.com/campaigns/kimssea-holiday-fundraiser
For more information on the Huron Carole, visit www.huroncarole.ca
Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange) is a global, social enterprise network that co-creates and implements scalable, sustainable solutions to tackle the most pressing problems faced by vulnerable populations across the world. Together with community partners and organizations, to date ICChange has improved the quality of life and well-being of over 52 million people through initiatives that provide access to clean water, electronic medical records and a comprehensive trauma and injury program.
Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange)
Leah Andrew, Communications