Laura & Friends Ready for Return Trip to Orphanage in Zimbabwe; 10/2

Laura Fuller in Front of Her Studio, Fuller Glass on the Hill

By Carol McCracken (Post # 598)

For the second time in as many years, Laura Fuller & Friends are preparing to leave for the Newstart Orphanage in Zimbabwe. The Four Friends are leaving Portland on Saturday, October 2nd. They will return to Portland in three weeks. Fuller owns the Fuller Glass Studio on the Hill.

The orphanage is run by Dr. Saleem Farag and his wife Grace,a nurse. According to Fuller, she and her Friends will do whatever we are asked to do. This will include caring for the children in the nursery, helping to maintain the facility and helping to build a new school for the children which has been paid for through donations.

“I learned how very fortunate we are to have what we do here and take for granted. Like clean water and electricity. It’s a heavenly place all the time – children around the whole time.” Fuller lost a daughter, Delaney, to an incurable disease a few years ago. Traveling with Fuller are two nurses: M Lennon and Kay Marchisco. Lennon’s husband, Mark, is also going.

As on their first trip, Laura & Friends will be taking shoes, school clothing, diapers, medical and other supplies for the children. Oh, and they also love chocolate, especially M&Ms, Fuller said, grinning broadly. “After all they are like all children.”

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