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St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn holds concert for South Sudan

GLEN ELLYN — St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn hosted its eighth annual Concert to Bring Hope and Health to South Sudan last Saturday, according to a church news release.

All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase medicine and provide a midwife salary at the Renk Health Clinic in South Sudan.

In the past, funds have provided a new microscope for the clinic's lab and medications to treat malaria. The clinic is run by the Diocese of Renk of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.

Funds from St. Barnabas and a church in Virginia have also helped build and furnish a new clinic.

Medical technician Paul Deng Kuol runs the clinic, typically working for months without pay, even though he is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The clinic is underfunded and undersupplied but always has people who require treatment.

The event began with a silent auction and reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert. Tickets were not required, but the suggested donation for the event was $20.

The concert featured classical, jazz and blues music. It was held in the Barrows Auditorium at Wheaton College, 500 College Ave., although the college was not involved with the event.

St. Barnabas is located at 22W415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. For more information, call 630-469-1394 or visit www.saint-barnabas.net.

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