On the Way-- Second Annual LifeNets Charity Tea

Trip Start Jun 28, 2009
Trip End Jul 16, 2009

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

The week before leaving has been a whirlwind of preparation. The trip began Sunday morning at 4:00 am when I got up and my wife Bev took me to the airport for a 7:00 am flight to Newark, New Jersey. 

In Piscataway, New Jersey, retired psychologist, Dr. Barbara Wall held the second annual LifeNets Ladies Charity Tea. The obejct of support was the rural Malawi orphans. LifeNets has a specific program of helping 200 orphans under age five in the town of Balaka with food, medicine and instruction for their guaridians. 

The event on Sunday was as wonderful as last year's that you can see on our LifeNets Website at http://lifenets.org/tea/   

  This year we had some significant new interested parties.  Bev and I were picked up at Newark Airport by Barbara Green, retired chemist and Dr. William Moyle, professor at the School of Medicine at Rutgers.  He does some similar work to our in Eritrea and Senegal.  On the drive from the airport to the Tea we had an animated conversation about his life's work.  He is a born teacher and loves his classes.  He talked a lot about a popular class called "Current Cell Biology" where he discusses the most current Medical Journal articles and papers with students. Since Rutgers University is about a mile away from where the Tea was held, Dr. Moyle drove us through his campus.  It is the 10th oldest University in the United States having been established in 1766...ten years before the Revolutionary War. It has five campuses and 40,000 students.  It is only 20 minutes from the the Ivy League Princeton University.

From there we drove to the Tea where people were gathering.  The weather was perfect and the ladies looked great in their hats and gloves.  It was WONDERFUL to see Dr. Barbara Walls. 

Dr. Barbara Walls went to great lengths to prepare a brochure and a program. Information in it came largely from Christina Davis who stayed in Malawi for two months in January/February of this past year.  She is a student at Seattle University who did research for her Ingternational Marketing class and LifeNets.  Dr. Wall featured some of the personal stories of our Malawi orphans.  Very well done! 

The program began with our signature song "Ordinary People" sung by Ron Forbes and an opening prayer by Norris Hobbins. The Master of Ceremonies was Dave Johnson.  Barbara Walls welcomed and thanked the guests.  Then one of the guests, former mayor of Piscataway, Helen Merolla, made some very kind remarks about Barbara Wall's work and LifeNets.  Live music was provided by two violinists and the Tea began.  Bev and I made remarks about our work and there was very good interactive discussion from those present. 

I had to leave at 5 PM for my flight to Europe and this trip, so all this is a whirlwind for me. A driver provided by Barbara Walls took me to the Newark airport and I got on the absolutely full Lufthansa flight for Munich with a connection to Copenhagen. 

The trip is off the ground! I'm by myself....Bev went only as far as New Jersey. Stay tuned.

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--Katherine and Chris

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