Richmond mom believes creativity key to saving lives
The longtime Richmond resident was so moved with what the well-known international hip hop artist and global activist was doing in his native Uganda, that she decided to help his nonprofit organization Babaluku any way she could.
“We met in my complex and when he started explaining to me about his foundation and how they are empowering 200 children from Africa and Uganda through art, I knew it was something I wanted to support,” said the 37-year-old mom of two — a daughter 11 and son nine.
She researched Babaluku, a nonprofit organization that connects youth with music and arts, and was impressed with what she read.
“I was very inspired by what he was doing and I learned everything I could about him and his foundation on the Internet,” said the Richmond secondary graduate.
Breslaw doesn't quite know why this organization, out of many nonprofits she has heard about, resonated so much with her.
“Maybe it’s because I’m creative and believe that the arts can help young people in need … I don’t know, I just know that it rang true with me,” she said.
As Breslaw discovered more about the foundation and the team of volunteers, she was told about a volunteer called Cyno.
|Cyno MC in the middle with other Bavubuka Foundation team|
“Cyno is a Ugandan youth artist who teaches the younger kids hip hop,’ said Breslaw. “Three weeks ago, Cyno developed a rare heart disease known as valvular regurgitation (which is a backflow of blood through a defective heart valve), which is requiring immediate medical attention to save his heart and to save him.
“Cyno himself has been empowered through the Bavubuka Foundation and we want to do everything possible to help him to stay alive and to make his dreams come true.”
To that end, she galvanized her children Hannah and Landon Leblanc and they both began emailing their friends in an effort to raise money for Cyno’s cause.
The proud mom said it wasn’t the first time her children have helped fundraise.
“Last December, Hannah and Landon raised $50 for the foundation by hosting a lemonade stand,” said Breslaw. “With an extra donation from a friend, we were able to use that money to buy art supplies for the children at Buvubuka.
“We filled a large suitcase full.”
Now, her goal is to raise $8,000, which is what it will cost for Cyno to have life saving surgery.
Breslaw is extremely proud of how her children have taken on the cause for a teenager who lives on the other side of the world.
“We have so much here in Canada and I wanted to teach my children about giving, compassion and connecting with others who need our help,” said Breslaw, who home schools her children.
Breslaw and 15 family and close friends will be holding a fundraising car wash on June 25.
“I don’t care how much people donate as long as they come out and be part of it,” Breslaw added. “This is the first of many fundraisers we are planning over the next few months.”
The fundraising carwash, Cyno’s Heart, happens Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Esso station, 7991 No. 1 Rd.
If you would like to volunteer,
email Breslaw at email@example.com.
For more information about the Bavubuka Foundation, visit www.buvabuka.org.
Here is Cyno in a video Hope
Story Written By:
MICHELLE HOPKINS, RICHMOND NEWS
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