Adopt a Village in Laos: Two Pieces of Fantastic News!

Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Asia, cause marketing, charity, Funding, Green, PR+Social Media

Last week the Canadian-based humanitarian organization, Adopt a Village in Laos, was recognized by the government as a charity. This week it became official when Steve Rutledge (president of the organization) informed me that Adopt a Village in Laos had finally received its charity registration number. Hooray!

On the evening of Saturday,  September 17, 2011, Adopt a Village in Laos will be presenting a big fundraiser at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. This will be a magical night featuring special presentations and guests, live music, a silent auction, and more…..

Please feel free to download a copy of this poster and distribute it.

For more information about this fundraiser, please email Roland Drake at


It is said that a journey begins with a single step. On Tuesday, July 7, 2010 my journey to Laos began when I met Mike Yap, who introduced me to the Adopt a Village project. Having always been fascinated by other cultures, I was immediately captivated by the concept. In mid-August I visited Port Hope, where Mike and Steve Rutledge, who is the other half of the driving force behind this humanitarian effort, reside. That weekend I listened to Steve talk with great enthusiasm about their work. I became more and more intrigued. On Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I visited them again. That Saturday night I had the honour of attending their presentation/fundraiser for the Adopt a Village in Laos project at the beautifully restored Capitol Theatre in downtown Port Hope, Ontario. Having never had their presentation/fundraisers captured on video before, I volunteered to record this event with my iPhone. When I returned home, I would edit it and then upload it to YouTube in hopes of raising awareness of their work to a larger audience. From that weekend I came away glowing inside with a wonderfully positive energy. Inspired, I made a commitment to myself and to Mike and Steve that I would help them with their endeavours. Since that time, I haven't disappointed. Please visit my personal blog, My Journey to Laos, at to see how I have been trying to help them raise awareness for their cause. Ultimately, I will go to Laos and experience for myself all the great work which they have done and continue to do.

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