Zion Reformed raises funds for wheelchairs around the world

Reverend Petri van Rooyen got a wild new hairdo to celebrate a successful fundraiser by Zion Reformed Church’s vacation bible school kids. PHOTO BY TRAVIS FISCHER

Things got a little hairy at Zion Reformed Church on Sunday as the vacation bible school kids celebrated the conclusion of their week-long classes and fundraiser event. Over the week of vacation bible school the kids solicited donations and scoured their couches for coins to raise money for Hope Haven, a charity organization that provides wheelchairs for children in need across the globe.

"We really wanted something that would impact people around the world," said Wendy Buseman.

Aligning with the world tour theme of the week-long class, the fundraiser promises a wheelchair for every $100 raised, providing life-changing mobility for young people and lifting a huge burden off their caretakers.

"It's a great way for kids to be able to do things instead of sitting at home," said Bev Moore.

To incentivize the kids, Reverend Petri van Rooyen offered a series of fundraiser goals for the kids to reach, which included cutting his hair into a Mohawk and spraying it pink. The kids blew past their $1,000 goal, raising more than $1,500 over the week.

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