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Randolph Resident Director Walks to Washington

Paul Clay-Rooks raises more than $3,000 to help women in Africa

3/3/2008 4:54:48 PM


Editor's Note: Paul Clay-Rooks made it to Washington, D.C. and raised more than $3,000 in the process. Money and letters of support from as far away as Georgia have been pouring in since he started his journey.

LYNCHBURG -- Randolph College's first male resident director is spending his Spring Break walking from Lynchburg to Washington, D.C. to raise money and awareness for women who have been raped, beaten and almost killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an African country wrought by ethnic strife and civil war.

Paul Clay-Rooks is making the more than 200-mile journey to raise money for the City of Joy, project of the Panzi Hospitalin partnership with V-Day and Unicef. The City of Joy will be a refuge for healed women, survivors of rape and torture who have been left without family, community or in many cases, the capacity to have children. The City of Joy will offer a safe haven, providing educational and income-generating opportunities and will support women in becoming the next leaders of the DRC.

The project is the centerpiece of a global campaign, Stop Raping our Greatest Resource: Power to Women in the DRC aimed to call attention to the wide-scale atrocities committed against women and girls in Eastern DRC and demand an end to the impunity with which these crimes are committed. Funds raised support local groups that provide counseling, medical services and legal aid on the ground.

Read coverage of his travels at:"CDP/MGArticle/CDP_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1173354824478&path=,0,6612528.column

Learn more about the global campaign, Stop Raping our Greatest Resource: Power to Women in the DRC at

To donate: Checks can be made out to V-Day, Powe

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