Coral Gables Rotarians partnered with Weston Rotarian Joe Marouf’s Carolina Ale House on Bird Road and Alfalit to raise more than$2,000 for the South Sudan teachers and orphans who escaped to the jungles after rebels massacred villagers and took hostages.
By: Gloria Burns | Miami’s Community Newspapers | February 16, 2017
Now safe in a refugee camp in Uganda, Alfalit has redirected the money they had been sending to the school to help feed the thousands who have escaped or been rescued by some brave Alfalit teachers and volunteers.
Rotarian Carol Brock brought their plight to Coral Gables Rotary. With that club’s International Committee, the group reached out to the community for help. The International Committee of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, Miami Springs Rotary, Carol’s church and so many others threw their support to help the cause and money is still coming.
Among the many helping this writer and Carol and Jasper Brock with the event that night were Yolanda Woodbridge; CGWC International chair Mitzi Jenner; Debbie Swain; CGWC president Deborah Van Stone Moore; Walter Alvarez; Terry and Charles Gomes, and Robert Kennedy, whose voice helped with raffle announcements.
Among the Alfalit notables in the group were Phil Jackson, an Alfalit International board membe, who actually took part in a South Sudan hostage rescue; Alfalit’s new executive director Catherine Penrod with her husband, Bruce, and Alfalit administrator for Africa, Dominican Republic and Portugal Teresa Almeida.
Others attending and supporting the event included Barbara Soliday, Catherine and Bruce Penrod, Carol Alexander, Keith and Angela Phillips, Renee Bellair, Carmen Suarez, Melinda Crawley, Ruth and Sam Martinez, Cindy Rich, Robert Kennedy, Marianne Muniz, Bruce Williams, Betty McDavit, Tina McAlpern, Phil Jackson, and Cecelia Stevenson.