On Friday, April 20th, please come to a dinner in support of Sarah Tut’s “journey” within a “journey”! As many know, in Sarah’s life journey she has overcome tremendous obstacles and is now pursuing a dual degree in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the U of S. This June she is embarking on a literal journey to South Africa to study abroad!! Below you will find a note from Sarah explaining why this is an important part of her education, and an important contribution to our society’s understanding of colonization. $25 tickets for the dinner are available after worship services at Grosvenor Park United, and at the church office (306) 374-7766. 
On April 20 come at 5:30 pm for appetizers & mingling; 6:30 for dinner, including South Sudanese entrées; 7:30 pm for a program emceed by Brenda Baker. If you can’t make it to the dinner, donations to this project may be made by cheque or cash directly to Sarah Tut. Because of the nature of this activity we are unable to provide tax receipts. 

I believe that both South Africa and Canada share a similar history of colonization. As a Sociology student, I want to learn more about the history of the apartheid system and how that changed South African history and more specifically how the country has moved forward from that. My personal experiences have shown the importance of moving forward and South Africa has set an example from which we in Canada can learn, especially around Reconciliation. 

The "Taught Abroad" course in South Africa will give me an important opportunity to learn about the culture, history, and politics of one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. This trip will allow me to meet and work with different people from all ages and from different socioeconomic classes, social status, beliefs, and norms. This will give me the opportunity to expand my worldview and build my understanding of cultural competence. 

As a Sociology and Women and Gender Studies major I believe that I have a responsibility to pay attention to issues going on in our global society. Being informed, learning and sharing will better able me to become an agent for change. This fundraising will give me the opportunity to do that.

Thank you,