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Benefit Raises Money for Sudan Relief Effort

Benefit Raises Money for JSC Student’s Sudan Relief Effort

May 1, 2008

Johnson State College student James Mabior and his friends, several of them fellow Sudanese refugees, helped raise money for the Werkok Youth Development Association in Sudan at Club Metronome in Burlington on Thursday, April 17.

Mabior started the organization while a student at JSC to help rebuild his home community in Sudan. Money goes to fix wells and improve water supplies — both of which were decimated by the country’s civil war — and also helps promote clean water, job training, leadership skills and education in Werkok.

Mabior, a member of the Class of 2009, is a business management major who also is seeking a certificate in nonprofit management. His advisor, business Professor Todd Comen, helped him create a five-member board of directors — all JSC students — for the Werkok nonprofit organization. The fundraiser at Metronome featured a Sudanese dinner and live music by the reggae-funk band Spiritual Rez. Students in JSC’s Business and Hospitality Management Program hosted the event.