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SLC students help raise money for school in Sudan


Students of the Fitness & Health Promotion Program will be hosting a Silent Auction Event on Wednesday November 18th from 11:30-1:30 in the dining hall to raise money to support the construction of a secondary school complex in the village of Marial Bai in Sudan, Africa.

The students were inspired to organize the auction after reading the epic novel "What is the What" based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng. Deng, along with thousands of other children – the so-called Lost Boys – was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of kilometers by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom. Finally resettling in the United States, Valentino has now dedicated his life to rebuilding his village of Marial Bai through the Valentino Achak Deng (VAD) Foundation. The aim of this non-profit organization is to empower Southern Sudanese communities by increasing access to quality education, improving girls’ enrollment, creating new teacher-training programs, and promoting literacy for children, women, and men.

"Valentino's story of survival, perseverance and determination is one that will continue to revisit my thoughts frequently, both humbling and inspiring me," said first-year student Tammy Wallwork. Classmate Shannon Smith added "I have always wanted to help people in other countries, and now through this amazing project I have the chance. I feel like this silent auction will really help the people of Sudan to further develop their new community."

Please show your support of this worthwhile project by visiting the on-campus auction to make a bid. All proceeds go directly to the VAD Foundation to assist with the construction of the secondary school complex; the first high school in the region.

For more information on the VAD Foundation, please visit