If it seems uncharacteristic of a high-end retail establishment, like Henne of Pittsburgh to show heart to a small African nation, blame it on Pittsburgh's recent G-20. From the Shadyside jewelers stand point their awareness "of what's happening around the world" was raised, and they were not willing to just standby. By hosting a fundraiser for the women of Uganda through the "Bead for Life" Project, Henne is helping to raise money for medicine, income, food, school fees and most importantly---hope. Bead for Life's mission is to create sustainable opportunities for African women to lift their families out of extreme poverty by marketing the beads they create by hand of recycled paper. Henne feels an affinity for these Ugandan women through their skills of personal craftsmanship and "mutual love of jewelry."
All the items ( amazingly colorful bracelets and necklaces!) are very reasonably priced – from as little as $5.00 to $30 – but enable the women to earn an income five to seven times higher than they would otherwise receive. One hundred percent (100%)--yes all!-- of the proceeds from the Henne sale will be donated to Bead forLife, an encouraging and generous offer worthy of emulation. As Henne's PR says: "Who would think buying a beautiful piece of hand-made jewelry for so little could mean so much?"
One small step for jewelry; one big step for mandkind!
The sale starting Monday, November 2-7, 2009 with a reception being held on Thursday, November 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. with African food and music at the Henne store located at 5501 Walnut Street.
Sources: Mary Ann Miller Communications, LLC
Joyce Baucum, August Wilson Center/Women of Visions, Pittsburgh