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Happiest of New Years to you and your loved ones. I hope the start of 2024 has been good and you had time to reflect on the past year with a sense of peace and joy.
As we move into 2024, I also enjoyed reflecting on the past year and the accomplishments of the Foundation and growth at Wesley College.
As a Foundation- YOU GAVE $521,372 in 2023. That impact truly blessed Wesley College Foundation to educate, empower, and foster relationships for future community leaders in Tanzania.
105 STUDENTS RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIPS in 2023! That is 105 students that were able to further their education because of your donations. Wesley College also enrolled 241 students in October of 2023, a 7% increase from the year before.
Read on to hear about the many people that made 2023 such an amazing year for Wesley College.
2023 welcomed a growth in the Foundation's staff with the addition of Brady Banks, Director of Foundation Development. Brady has been a great asset to the team. Nicki (Communications Director) and myself look forward to the Foundation's future as a strong team with the addition of Brady.
We also mourned the loss of an amazing person and constant supporter of the Foundation and Wesley College. Rev. Dr. Bill Buchanan was instrumental in Wesley Collge's start in 2017 through teaching classes as well as serving on the Foundation Board. His impact will forever be felt in Tanzania and with us. We cherish our memories and grieve this loss.
I was able to visit Wesley College several times this year, and each time left with a feeling of renewed hope and admiration for all that the College is doing. I had the pleasure of seeing the growth through new staff, more students, assistance for assault victims, and more graduates who are directly impacting local communities in Tanzania.
Wesley College Foundation also had the first-ever Rock City Run, virtual 5k event that corresponded with the Rock City Marathon in Tanzania. This event spread awareness to new friends as well as joined together all of us for a fun event that got us moving.
I wanted to highlight a volunteer who made the Rock City Run a fun, easy event with 40 of her closest friends and family. Kathy Schwab, a loyal friend of Wesley College Foundation, along with her husband Ken Schwab hosted a walk with social gathering.
Kathy shared what the Rock City Run meant to her and how easy it was to do--and how much FUN they all had.
Not only did Kathy get together a group of 30 people at her house to walk and enjoy a social brunch afterwards-- she had walkers all over the US participate! Kathy and Ken made sure that they spread the word about Wesley College all the way to Yosemite!
Kathy gave this tip to anyone who might be hesitant to get a group together:
"Do what's in your comfort zone. For me- it was my friend group then it branched out from there and grew. Begin with what feels right for you. Don't try and make it overwhelming--it really is simple and easy and FUN!"
Thank you Kathy and Ken for making the cause of Wesley College Foundation the catalyst for the good you and your friends/family did with the Rock City Run!
As we welcome the new year, please join me in giving thanks for how so many people have come together to make Wesley College Foundation possible. As we enter this new year, I pray for blessings on each of you, your families, and the world. May we see even more movement forward and joy in 2024!