HARRISONBURG, Va.—James Madison volleyball player sophomore Sarah Delaney will spend a large part of her winter break volunteering at the Child Rescue Center and Mercy Hospital in Sierra Leone. The mission trip to Africa is sponsored by the foundation Helping Children Worldwide.
Delaney will be making the voyage alongside 20 other missionaries and group leaders. They will serve on projects that may include planning and constructing Bible School and summer classes, construction work and medical missions. In addition, they will help to educate the village on health topics such as first aid, dental hygiene, prenatal education and nutrition.
The expedition to Sierra Leone will be Delaney’s second mission trip. “I cannot even begin to express my excitement,” Delaney said. “I went to Costa Rica in July 2010 for a week long mission trip and it was the most memorable, rewarding and happiest time of my life.”
In order to pay for the trip, three fundraising goals have been set. Delaney has met the first two with a total of $2,200. The final deadline is set at $800 and is due by Nov. 30. In addition to putting her own money towards the trip, Delaney is currently planning to have a car wash nearby campus as well as a bake sale on campus to help raise the funds. While discussing these ideas she said, “I am so blessed to have generous and supportive relatives and friends who are helping me and the children in Sierra Leone through their donations.”
Those interested in making a donation are invited to send a payment along with a donation slip (see attached link) to Cynthia Grant, member of Helping Children Worldwide, at 14101 Parke Long Ct. Suite T, Chantilly, Va. 20151. Sarah Delaney’s name may be listed in the “In honor of” section.
The mission of Helping Children Worldwide is to provide for the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social needs of children and youth who have become victims of neglect, abuse, poverty, hunger, war and corrupt political systems. For more information about the program visit http://helpingchildrenworldwide.org.