Former Estevan residents Regan and Holly Muir have embarked on a cross-continent fundraising campaign for their crisis pregnancy centre and orphanage ministry, Taiwan Xi En (formerly known as His Hands).
Benefits will be happening in North American communities until the end of November. One of the upcoming events is in Estevan.
Kala Wock, who is organizing the fundraiser for Estevan, said a movie and dessert night will happen on Saturday, October 26 at the Estevan Alliance Church, starting at 7 p.m. There won't be an admission charge, Wock said, but people will be able to support Taiwan Xi En through a freewill offering. T-shirts, calendars and wrist bands will be sold.
“We have bottles that look like baby bottles, and we're asking people to take them home – they're free – and to fill them with their change, and to bring them back at the end of the campaign in late November,” said Wock. “All the proceeds will go to Taiwan Xi En.”
The movie “Man up and Go” will be shown.
A chili and hot dog lunch has already happened in Estevan to support the Muirs.
Donors can receive a tax receipt for their support.
Wock said that Taiwan Xi En also helps Taiwanese orphans find permanent homes, which are typically in North America.
“They need the money so that they can get their adoption license,” said Wock. “The laws in Taiwan that govern their adoptions changed in 2011, and you now need to have an adoption license to process adoptions. But to do that, you need to have $375,000 US in an account.”
As of October 20, the fundraise total was slightly above $95,000.
Taiwan Xi En is currently working with another organization to borrow their adoption license, so they are still able to do adoptions. But they want to get their own license so that they can tackle adoptions on their own, Wock said.