In its 7th edition, the relay "Run for a Cause" has become a tradition and this year has generated the resources for 16 merit based and social scholarships with each having a value of 1200 lei.
As such, on Thursday 14th February, 16 students from the ‘Samuil Vulcan’ National College in Beius, received the first two instalments worth 800 lei and in April they will receive the last instalment of 400 lei. These hardworking students all have average marks of at least 9/10 during the previous school year and their families have modest incomes.
“First of all, this scholarship encourages me to learn even more. It helps with the costs of books and transport. Thank you to all the donors and volunteers runners, and although at first sight it may not seem to be of great help, be sure that these scholarships help us a great deal, as no one else encourages us.” said Ioana Budău, one of the scholarship students in the 11th grade. Together with Ioana, a further 15 students received scholarships: Maria Culda, Mircea Hartmann, Andreea Culda, Johanna Boros, Darius Bîte, Paula Flonta, Georgiana Tuleu, Florina Jude, Daniel Pojoca, Ioana Galea, Daiana Jurca, Alexandru Ile, George Mihoc, Emanuela Sferle and Adriana Isoc
During the relay, Remus Sime, the founder of the project, noted with satisfaction that the number of volunteers from Beiuş had grown significantly. He ran some of the stages of this 7th Edition relay from Timișoara la Beiuș. A special runner was Mihaela Ilieş, the director of the school, a sign of the institutional value of the scholarship program.
Andreea Toma is a blond sweet child full of life and hope. Unfortunately at the age of 3 she was diagnosed with lymphoblast acute leukemia. She had also suffered a brain tumor surgery and later had undergone chemotherapy. Her parents went through a real tragedy finding out the child was sick. Both had low income while the treatment was urgent and costly (1600 euro/month). The mother who grew up in an orphanage and the father, a factory worker, gathered all the courage they had and started fighting for the life of their little angel soliciting the support of the Beius community. Good Samaritan came along to offer support in the fundraising process and with the help of many local volunteers had succeeded to fundraise all the funds needed for the 2 years treatment as well as to cover some of the daily family needs.
2017 and 2018 have almost passed without a lot of news shared your way but a lot of projects and impact on people in need as our team, including my wife and myself, have been mostly doing field work. As I write to you it is a sunny, inspirational, stunningly beautiful but freezing mid day of December 6th, 2018 and I reflect at God’s grace of the past and aspirations for the future. 2018 is the year we celebrate 25 years of service. Wow! And, time flied by, we are still here, thank God: what will happen in the next 25?
And how have they gone these past 24 months? With a huge effort to build with 15 families in need 15 houses in Radauti, as a partner of the local charity implementing it, doing small medical projects to benefit people with cancer, assisting adults that have been raised in a state orphanage but now they have housing, medical or employment issues or managing a growing scholarship program in various high schools helping kids in need or recognizing those with great merits.
As we close the year (or 2 years) of ministry and as you conclude your year end giving or prayerfully plan next year’s charitable allocations, I come to you to kindly ask for support. It stays in my mind, from Radauti, Nicoleta Niculescu, mother of 3, who, with her husband, had to move in a house we built before the city brought in utilities. With tears in her eyes, Nicoleta said the family has been kicked out of the house they were renting for 17 years, a house that anyway was falling apart and had no bathroom. Then comes to mind Mihaela Neghina, whose cancer treatment benefits of our support, with similar tears while saying “I want to live!” knowing she has a 7 years old son or Angela Molnar, adult now in her early forties but raised in the state orphanage, that has her own little studio apartment through our ministry but meanders through life’s ups and downs with medical issues, income instability or spiritual confusion.