They are familiar with fundraising, the people from Sierra Leone who live in Wageningen. ‘But normally we cater to raise money for people back home,’ says MAKS student Foday Conteh. This time though, they helped raise money for a local cause.
Visitors paid for drinks and food with special tokens they had to buy at the entrance. Judging by the full tables in front of the stand, the spicy dishes from Sierra Leone went down well. ‘We adjusted the food a bit to cater to Dutch taste,’ commented Conteh as he served up food. He thinks it’s a good idea to accommodate handicapped children together. ‘They can share emotions and play with each other,’ he says, reflecting on his experience of war in his home country. The market in the Arboretum included cultural displays of song, dance and a fashion show, as well as activities for children; it was an initiative of the local branch of the Rotary Club. A total of more than 7,000 euros was raised during the afternoon. / YdH