Volume 13, Number 9 January 6, 2006

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Silent auction raises money for good cause in Africa

Sylvia Cholodnuik, left, shows one of her African artifacts - a metal sculpture - to Sandy Twardy after the eighth annual Silent Auction for Charity hosted Dec. 5 by staff in the Residence Office, Hospitality Services and Consumer Services. Sandy, a clerk-steno in Residences and the auction's organizer, made Sylvia's charitable activities in Africa the recipient of this year's proceeds - $1,314 from people's purchases of contributed items and crafts.

Sandy says the funds go to a project headed up by Sylvia – provision of school fees for 13 orphan girls in Tshelanyemba, Zimbabwe. Sylvia has been involved in development projects there for 13 years, helping with schools and hospitals to help combat AIDS and poverty. She says, “despite obstacles we can’t imagine, the people persevere, and it’s so inspiring.” Sylvia warmly thanks all who donated and purchased items, and her colleagues who helped set up the auction, including: Cathy Campbell, Kathy Evans, Linda Seymour, and Sandy Twardy of Residence staff; Judy Burkell and Jodi Fulcher of Hospitality Services; Teresa Snook of Consumer Services; and the caretaking staff.

Photo by Lawrence McMahen


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