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Local yoga studio to host African orphanage fundraiser

The crisis goes on and on for African orphans — but some local people are stepping up to help

A local resident is doing what she can for orphaned children in Africa.

And that includes putting up a lot of her own money.

Laura Andersen visited the Future Hope Baby Centre in Kenya in April of 2010 and she is aiming to go back — this time with a bunch of donations — to help them build a new facility.

“I had gone to Africa, working with different orphanages and school there,” she said, adding she chose the Future Hope Centre as the place she found the most compelling.

“All of their expenses are for the children,” she explained. “All it takes to take care of their 25 kids is $800.”

To raise money, Andersen is hosting a fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 22 at Hot and Cool Yoga Club in Parksville. It’s a $10 drop-in event that starts at 1:30 p.m. Andersen said she can get 25 people to turn out, that would be great.

Andersen, a former Kwalikum Secondary School student and currently attending Vancouver Island University, has spent $3,000 of her own money on the cause and said she hopes to return to Africa with $10,000. To help out, drop in to the event on Oct. 22 or contact Andersen at