The banquet rooms at the Badlands Community Facility were packed on Saturday evening as hundreds of people gathered for the first Africa in the Valley.
 
"This is a cultural event, slash fundraiser, that is being brought to Drumheller to, obviously, bring in a splash of culture, but also raise awareness for Sickle Cell Anemia," explained Misha Maseka, the stage manager and event coordinator.
 
The subject also hits close to home for Maseka.
 
"I have a lot of family members that have Sickle Cell Anemia," she told Drum FM. "It is a sickness that is really, really tragic in the way that it manifests; there's the anemic symptoms, but there's also extreme pain and most people don't make it until their 30th birthdays."
 
"We're helping raise awareness and funds specifically for two little kids in Africa right now that are suffering from Sickle Cell."
 
The children's names are Lukumo and Ntambo-Yana Chibilu, who live in Zambia. Money raised Saturday will help to fund life saving bone marrow transplants for both of them.
 
Entertainment on Saturday included Wosa Dance Company and Diversity Performing Arts Club out of Calgary.
 
The event raised a total of $24,164.34 and the funds will be able to fully fund one child.
 
Africa MishaMisha Maseka.

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