The Rigters Supermarkets is proud to support the Athiolget Women’s and Children’s Health Association.
Saturday night saw a colourful fashion parade of pre-loved clothing being modelled for a good cause. Our models came from a range of diverse backgrounds and ages. Clothing was donated or purchased from the Charity Shops in Geraldton and then many of the items were sold after the show. Any items not sold have been donated back to the Charities and to Desert Blue Connect for families experiencing some hardship.
Guor Michar is a pharmacist from South Sudan and he has worked in Geraldton for many years. Some of you may remember Guor from what is now the Wizard Pharmacy in the Stirling Centre, or Tarcoola Pharmacy or Wandina Pharmacy.
Guor comes from a very poor village called Akot. As a boy, he was forced to become a child soldier before fleeing from his home country and eventually arriving in Australia via a number of refugee camps. From his humble beginnings of being taught how to read and write under a tree, Guor completed secondary school then went to the University of Adelaide to become a pharmacist. He is currently managing a pharmacy in South Yunderup.
Since 2016, many people in the Midwest have helped Guor to raise funds for Akot village. Firstly, a well was built to provide fresh water, then a health clinic and now a school. There has never been a school in this village so the money raised on Saturday night will help to pay for classrooms, school supplies and uniforms. There are 350 students enrolled and 400 on the waiting list.
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Athiolget women’s and children’s health clinic in South Sudan