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Volunteers Generate Income to Our Community by Serving at the Argyle Casino
Volunteers successfully completed service at the Argyle casino, which is projected to bring close to $80,000.00 to our community on April 29 and 30.
The communtiy would like to thank all the volunteers that were instrumental in making this happen. Please see the letter below with pictures of our volunteers and take the time to thank them when you get a chance.
Voluntarism is alive and well at our community. You want to volunteer and help shape your Association please contact us.
Special Event at the Ethiopian Community to Honor the Ethiopian Music Legend, Tilahun Gessese
The Ethiopian Community Association in Edmonton is sad to report the death of an Ethiopian icon and legendary singer Tilahun Gessesse. Tilahun died at the age of 68 in his family home in Ethiopia; seven hours after returning to our mother land from the U.S.A.
The community understands and shares the desire by Ethiopians in Edmonton and all over the world to gather and celebrate the life of this iconic Ethiopian. Thus the community invites you, your family and friends to attend this special service at the community center on Friday April 24, 6-8pm.
Ethiopian Music Legend Tilahun Gessese Dies at the Age of 68
The greatest modern musician whose star shone brightly during the golden years of Ethiopian music of the '60s, the 68-year-old iconic figure died Sunday on his way to hospital.
Tilahun Gesese, King of Habesha Music, died on April 19, 2009 in Addis Ababa only 7 hours after returning from the United States. The cause of death is not yet known. His family and individuals who were with him at the moment of death suspect a heart attack or some kind of heart complication as a cause of death."
A winner of several awards, including an honorary doctrate degree from the Addis Ababa University, Tilahun was a voice of love, peace, harmony and above all unity in the beleaguered Horn of African nation.
Born in the Ethiopian capital in 1941, the teenager Tilahun joined Hager Fikir Theater from where his golden voice captured the attention of the nation. Shortly, he joined the Imperial Guard of Emperor Haile-Selassie during whose era the legendary singer became a household name not only in his native country but also in neighboring countries such as the Sudan.
He later joined the prestigious National Theater, with whom he stayed for several years. He has sold millions of albums, and was singing in Amharic and Oromiffa languages.
A new, 22-metre high level bridge will be constructed in Ethiopia. The construction of this bridge is funded by Edmontonians. Work will begin on the new Edmonton High Level Bridge early in the new year. It is expected to save 30 lives annually when the river is high. For more on this story click here
It started when the Ethiopian Community was approached by Jim Denison (leading researcher in Coaching Education at the University of Alberta) to sponsor Ermias Ayele’s (marketing manager for the Great Ethiopian Run) visit to the Little Big Run event in Edmonton. The Ethiopian Community Association responded enthusiastically to cover Ayele’s airfare and accommodation. The community was also able to ultimately field 70 runners from the Ethiopian community in the Little Big Run.
Kevin Tyler, director of The Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre where a number of Canada’s premiere athletes train, was excited at the prospect of having some of Ethiopia’s top athletes visit and train in Edmonton. “Ethiopia is a world leader in the development of endurance athletes,” said Tyler. “We look forward to the opportunity to train alongside these great athletes and learn about how they approach the long distance running events. This collaboration will provide tremendous learning opportunities for Canadian athletes and coaches alike.”
At that time Denison saw strong possibilities for connections between The Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre and Ethiopia. He said “I hope this is the start of something really special.” And it really was.
The Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre has now broadened its dimensions and is helping orphan children in Ethiopia . Derek Evely from the coaching centre (Manager, Sport Science) was among those who took a trip to Ethiopia for this purpose. According to Derek, the Centre was able to raise $7,380 from 55 donors. This was used to buy supplies for Kebretsehay Children’s Orphanage in Addis Ababa, for AHOPE Children’s Orphanage in Addis Ababa and Holy Savior Orphanage in Wonji. The AHOPE Children’s Orphanage is an HIV orphanage. For more on this news,click here.