Texas Wassail 2017 Raises Record Amount!
Wassail is a winter Solstice/Christmas celebration that has taken place in Austin, Texas, every year for the last 16 years, thanks to the inspiration and leadership of Darrel Mayer. Every year it is a sell out and this year’s unforgettable performances raised a record $4,575 for Kids for Kids.
Kids for Kids is the only organisation in the world created specifically to help the forgotten children living in remote primitive villages in Darfur, Sudan. 2018 has not started well in Darfur, with Famine Disaster Relief warning that many areas are in ‘crisis’ because of failed harvest. People survive by what they can grow but Darfur is at the forefront of Global Warming. It is hard to realise that whilst we celebrate the new year, families in Darfur will be facing the prospect of their children starving. The generosity of all those who supported ‘Wassail’ will help Kids for Kids provide seed for the families, and fodder to keep their animals alive.
“All of us from Austin, Texas send our very best wishes to Kids for Kids, and the Wassail community is excited about all of the progress you have made this past year – including adding five new villages,” said Wassail organizer Darrel Mayers. “I am also extremely grateful to the small town of volunteers who come together each year to create this unique variety show. Thank you actors, magicians, musicians, mummers, puppeteers, poets and dancers – and thank you also to the folks at the Scottish Rite Theatre. Wassail!”
Be sure to check out some of the videos by Videographer Liqing Zhao for a taste of Wassail!