Judge Memorial Interact Pledges $25,000 to A Child's Way Home

Judge Memorial Interact students are determined to change the lives of Romanian orphans

The Judge Memorial Catholic High School Rotary Interact Club will host a banquet and fundraiser to benefit a program for orphans and abandoned children in Romania, A Child's Way Home. A Child’s Way Home is working to build an after school facility to help orphans with schooling, medical care, meals, and even vocational training.

Romania has one of the highest populations of orphans and abandoned children in Europe. Thousands of children grow up in the care of the government because of Romanian taboo related to the adoption of orphans and political and diplomatic stressors between the Romanian government and would-be adoptive American and European families.

The benefit will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 6 p.m. at Judge Memorial. Dinner will be served as guests will learn more through several presentations including those by the Judge Interact Club and A Child's Way Home. The event includes a silent auction and entertainment.

The cost is $30 for adults and $20 for students and members of our military. Children under ten may attend free of charge.

This event is sure to be a night of entertainment and giving for all involved. For more information or to purchase tickets, please e-mail the Interact Club at judgeinteract@gmail.com.

The Judge Memorial Interact Club is a high school version of Rotary, which is sponsored by the Salt Lake Rotary Club. Interact works to improve the world through service and leadership.

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The Judge Memorial Catholic High School Interact Club is the high school version of the Salt Lake Rotary Club and the most active service club at Judge. The Interact Club strives to complete at least four local service projects a quarter for local community non-profits and has put a special emphasis on literacy this year, as literacy is the International Rotary theme for the 2012 year.

In addition to these local projects, the Judge Interact Club holds an annual banquet each year to support one deserving international service organization. Last year, they raised more than enough funds to built a medical facility addition to a school in Liberia which was founded by a Judge parent. Other past projects have included a grain mill in Cambodia, a water well in Thailand, and a school in Chiapas, Mexico.

This year, the Interact Club has pledged $25,000 (their largest pledge ever) to help build a self-sufficient store to help orphans in Romania.

Many are surprised to learn that Romania has one of the highest orphan populations in Europe. This is the result of a struggling economy and an astronomical teen pregnancy rate. These issues, coupled with the Romanian taboo related to adopting orphans, has left thousands of children to be raised by the government until they are 18, and then falling into poverty once the government no longer supports them. Luckily there is an organization working to stop this, A Child's Way Home.

Judge Memorial Interact has pledged to raise funds to support this essential program. Together, the group hope to build an after school center for children where they can receive homework help, a hot meal, dental and medical care, and vocational training. Furthermore, the center hopes to establish a consignment store, stocked by donations from the United States, to help create jobs for adult orphans. This would give them not only valuable work experience, but a source of income. The proceeds from the store could then go to buy bottles, food, and clothes for the younger orphans and the center.

In order to accomplish this, the Judge Interact Club is holding its annual banquet and benefit on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Judge Memorial (650 South 1100 East) beginning at 6 p.m. Events will include several speakers, entertainment, a silent auction, as well as dinner. Ticket prices are $30 for adults and $20 for students and members of our military. Children under 10 will be free.

The Interact Club would like to encourage all families to make an event of the evening and to come enjoy themselves while supporting a good cause. Tickets can be purchased from any Interact member. All questions and comments can be directed to the Interact Club, judgeinteract@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support.