Charlottetown fundraiser to help impoverished children in Peru

Jim Day
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FILE PHOTO - Tiger Melhem, a bus driver who lives in Charlottetown, shows some of the many items he will pack into about eight suitcases to give to impoverished children in Peru.

Wed., June 11 at 6 p.m. at Top of the Park Restaurant with buffet, silent auction

Tiger Melhem, the Charlottetown bus driver with the big heart, is packing up for another goodwill trip to Peru.

Melhem is leaving Aug. 15 with considerable cargo destined for impoverished children in villages in this western South American country.

He has been collecting items for the past two years since returning from a heartwarming visit to Peru in which he handed out many items to many children.

His goal for the upcoming trip is to provide about 4,000 children with some basic necessities such as medical supplies and clothing as well as fun items like soccer balls and other goods that are destined to produce plenty of cheer.

Melhem is also bringing along his daughter Chantal and her friend Taylor Perry to offer the two teenagers the valuable experience of helping less fortunate children in another country.

He is holding a fundraiser Wednesday, June 11 at 6 p.m. to raise money to help cover the transportation and freight cost of the hefty bulk of items he is carting to Peru.

Jont Troubadour will perform at The Top of the Park Restaurant in Charlottetown. There will also be a buffet, a silent auction (Melhem welcomes donations of items) and a 50/50 draw.

Tickets are $35 each.

For more information about the fundraiser, contact Tiger Melhem at 388-8497.

Geographic location: Peru, Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • Good stuff
    June 03, 2014 - 06:31

    Kind, compassionate, giving man. Hope everything works out great for you in this very admirable venture and that is great your daughter and her friend will be there to help you out.

  • summerside
    June 02, 2014 - 16:19

    Wondering if they would take more gifts for the children...also if they could pick them up or have a drop off in summerside?