Auction will benefit cistern project in Uganda

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On Saturday at 6:30 p.m., a quarter auction will be held at St. Christine Church in Youngstown to raise money for a water cistern project in Uganda.

The water project is being spearheaded by two Cardinal Mooney seniors, Murphy Sharp and Kristina Aiad-Toss. They said they chose the project because they both have always been interested in international affairs.

“We wanted to do something to help and we connected with a priest from Uganda at our church,” Sharp said. “We asked him ‘what would be the best thing for us to do?’ and he said ‘there is a very serious need for water.’ Part of his ministry is building these cisterns.”

The girls are raising money to build an underground cistern at a school, where high school children currently have no water at all. The estimated cost of the project is $10,000.

Aiad-Toss said they have never had contact with anyone in Uganda other than Fr. Leo. He said the water situation in Uganda is dire.

Sharp said a quarter auction is a combination of all different kinds of auctions in which 90 items will be up for bid. Each auction attendee bids quarters, from one quarter to $1, depending on the item’s value.

In addition to the auction, there will be concessions available for sale. Aiad-Toss said they are hoping to raise as much as possible with the auction.

Students from St. Christine and Cardinal Mooney will be helping at the auction. Doors to the parish center open at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7 p.m.


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