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Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 4:00 am

Rotary to clean the Rillito River Walk

The Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset has planned its next Rillito River Walk cleanup as part of the designated “Rotary at Work” day. Tucson area Rotary members and the public are invited to join in service for the betterment of the community.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The meeting location is 4500 N. Stone Ave.

Information about Rotary District 5500 throughout Southern Arizona may be found at .



The Forgotten Children event April 13 at Armory Park

The Forgotten Children of Senegal will be hosting the event, Afri-Can, Friday April 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Come out to the Armory Park Ballroom to celebrate the culture of West Africa while raising money to provide a better life for the street children of Senegal. 

There will be music, dance, and food,  with the focus on “giving a safe life to children on their own.”

Music performances include Sticks and Fingers, the dynamic steel drum percussion group led by Richard Noel, producing energetic Afro-Caribbean sound featuring Uzo and Maxame dancers. 

There will also be a silent auction with items such as a 5-day Bahamas Cruise, a weekend trip to El Conquistador Resort, and more.

Funds and donations raised during the night will go to provide shelter, clothing and safety for the Forgotten Children of Senegal.

All tickets can be purchased at the door. There is a $10 admission, and children 12 and under are free.

The Forgotten Children is a non-profit 501(C) (3) organization working to provide the basic necessities and protection for the orphaned children primarily in region of Mbour, Senegal West Africa. 

The organization was created by Elhadj Ndoye, of Tucson.  Ndoye grew up in Mbour, Senegal where he witnessed children begging daily on the streets and their poverty and impending health problems.

According to UNICEF, there are upwards of 100,000 child beggars in Senegal.  Many of these children come from rural settings and villages, sent by their families to be raised and receive an education. 

However, what they find in the cities is much harsher than they realize.  Contracted teachers, called Marabouts, receive compensation and gifts from families however, nowadays, more Marabouts are taking advantage of this for their own quality of life. Daaras, or orphanages where children live are often ramshackle buildings with dirt floors, no running water or electricity where children sleep on the ground without blankets, huddling together to keep warm at times.

It’s the goal of The Forgotten Children Organization to provide some level of care and assistance.  This includes constructing a daytime shelter to provide them with services such as showers, basic health care, vaccination, recreational activities and simple skills training.

The Forgotten Children is now aiming higher with goals to build a home and school for the children beggars and get them off the streets. 

For more information, visit the website at

Marana Walk/Run this month

Join the Marana Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, April 28 for its Marana Run/ Walk event.

The Marana Run/ Walk and Family Wellness Fair will take place at Coyote Trail Elementary School, 8000 N. Silverbell Rd., where monies raised will go towards building a new track at the school.

Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the races will start at 4 p.m. The festivities at the event will continue until 7 p.m.

To register, go to

For infants to 9-year-olds, the cost is $5, 10- to 16-year-olds, it is $18, and for those 17 and older, it is $23. Same day registration will be available for an additional $5.

The Marana Run/Walk and Family Wellness Fair is intended for everyone from those who are participating in the run/walk to those who want to support friends and family members as a spectator.

The Town of Marana, Parks & Recreation will provide a movie for small children to watch during the run.

The Marana 5K Run/Walk is currently looking for food vendors to serve healthy alternatives available for purchase.

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