Kinijit Minnesota Support Group had a successful welcome ceremony and Fund- raising Dinner – Kinijit Minnesota
An estimated 250 Ethiopians filled up the Baggage Claim area of Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on Friday afternoon as they were waiting the arrival of the CUD leaders. (more…)
An estimated 250 Ethiopians filled up the Baggage Claim area of Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on Friday afternoon as they were waiting the arrival of the CUD leaders. Some Americans, who never saw such a huge crowd at such a spot, asked what was going on. They were amazed by the unprecedented festive atmosphere among the gentle Ethiopians.
The crowd suddenly burst into a roar of cheers, singing and dancing as they saw Judge Bertukan Mideqsa, Engineer Gizachew Shiferaw and Dr. Berhanu Nega walking toward them, escorted by two executives of the Minnesota chapter of CUD Support Group. The three heroic leaders warmly greeted the enthusiastic crowd. Then they were taken to the awaiting limousine, accompanied by the singing and dancing crowd.
That evening, some 50 active Kinijit support members joined the three CUD leaders on a social event at the largest Ethiopian restaurant in Minneapolis. People took turns to chat with each one of them for a few minutes.
On Saturday morning, the delegation met with former and current executives of the Minnesota chapter of CUD Support Group. Dr. Solomon Gashaw, chairman of the chapter, presented a report on the activities of the local organization over the last few years, beginning with the history of its founding. Then the delegation answered questions from the members of the chapter.
Finally, the most important event of the Minnesota tour took place on Saturday evening at First Christian church near Downtown Minneapolis. About 700 people attended the fundraising event. It was an impressive turnout for our city. The CUD delegation answered a wide variety of questions asked by the Diaspora community in Minnesota. Equally important, the audience was superbly entertained by delicious Ethiopian food as well as Comedian Abebe Belw who played a great role in making the evening’s auction a success. About $25,000 was raised, including ticket sales and auctions of a few items.
Finally, the event was wrapped up shortly after eleven o’clock, and many people took the opportunity to have pictures taken with the CUD leaders.
Wzrt. Birtukan Mideksa’s Speech