In this week’s second post, I would like to thank some amazing friends of Tariro in Colorado, who have helped us organize several very successful events to raise awareness about our work. One of these amazing volunteers is Adam Silverstein (above, right) of Round Earth Farm, who organized a recent benefit event at KVNF radio station in Paonia. Along with Michael McKenna (above, left), Adam performed traditional Zimbabwean mbira music to open this event. We thank KVNF for the use of their beautiful community room for our slide show and discussion!
Artists and musicians have often collaborated with Tariro in support of our work, and Colorado is no exception! Author Virginia Barrett (above, center) appeared as a special guest at the Paonia event, and gave a reading from “Mbira Maker Blues,” her beautiful travel memoir about Zimbabwe. The Low Flying Knobs marimba band gave Tariro a generous donation at our Boulder benefit. We can’t thank you enough for supporting our work! Finally, a huge thanks to Tariro supporter Tessa, who helped organize a benefit event on our behalf in Carbondale.
Thanks to all of the community support for Tariro in Colorado, we have raised over $3,200 during the last few weeks, enough to ensure that we will be able to sustain our programs through the rest of the year. Now I can relax for a few weeks before we begin a renewed fundraising effort to secure the donations we need to continue our work in 2011!