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SUDBURY, February 12, 2013 – In an effort to help Jacqueline Villeneuve’s Zawadi La Tumaini reach her fundraising goal of $15,000, BESTECH has committed to a $5,000 Gold sponsorship for the event A Night in Africa on February 23rd.  Zawadi La Tumaini is a newly established organization which helps provide shelter, food and education for children in Africa who have been deprived of their basic human needs due to abandonment or the loss of their families.

Originally from Sudbury, Jacqueline Villeneuve founded Zawadi La Tumaini in October 2010 after visiting Watoto Wa Baraka Children’s Home in Makuyu, Kenya and was deeply moved by the lives of orphaned and abandoned children.  At just nineteen, Jacqueline now lives in Nairobi, Kenya at the new children’s home she founded, which is slated to officially open on March 1st.

Four years ago, BESTECH Co-CEO Marc Boudreau was blown away by Villeneuve’s compassionate words and caring story.  While driving to work, Boudreau heard Villeneuve interviewed on CBC radio about a fundraising event she was conducting at Confederation Secondary School related to African orphans.   Boudreau immediately turned his truck around, drove straight to Confederation high school, walked into the administration office and donated a cash contribution, telling the receptionist that he wanted to give the money to the girl on the radio.

“Right away, I thought: I have to help this kid,” explained Boudreau.  “I was so moved by the passion that exuded from this 15-year-old local girl who was focused on helping children in a different continent.  She was a fantastic speaker!  Jacqueline’s words and tone demonstrated her selfless character and her commitment.”

Again, Boudreau has stepped up to support Villeneuve’s unwavering efforts in Africa, not only because of his own emotional connection, but because of the value his firm receives by helping foster the lives of those in need in the countries in which they do business.  “As an owner of a firm that operates internationally, I am often dealing with intelligent executives, engineers and other professionals in various parts of the world,” said Boudreau. “I believe it’s important to embrace the opportunity to provide education to our future brilliant global business leaders who will one day operate in the same fields as BESTECH.”

Funds raised for the event A Night in Africa will benefit Zawadi La Tumaini’s Children’s Home located in the District of Nairobi in the village Doholm in Africa.  The goal of $15,000 was established to pay for necessities for the orphanage, such as school uniforms and supplies, food and general supplies, medical visits, furniture (bed, cribs, etc.), annual rent and an emergency fund.  There is an estimated 15,000 children within the area in need of care.

A Night in Africa will take place at Cambrian College’s Fountaine Bleue room and the $100 ticket includes an authentic African dinner, live African entertainment, a silent auction with items from Africa, door prizes and a presentation on the progress of the orphanage from Jacqueline Villeneuve.

Tickets to the event are still available and can be purchased by email at zawadilatumani@gmail.com or guy@villeneuvefinancial.com, by phone at 705-561-1440 or 705-929-1246.


With offices in Sudbury, Timmins, and Toronto, BESTECH is a prominent Canadian firm which specializes in the areas of engineering, automation, software development and environmental monitoring to assist companies in the international mining industry enhance their productivity, profitability and safety. The firm also offers the following innovative solutions that enable mining organizations to increase efficiency, reduce energy costs and improve worker safety: NRG1-ECO™, AQM, PORTAULS® and RopeInspector.


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