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Volunteer Marlow Svatek earns award for work in Africa

Good for you | by Nova Beall

On Oct. 16, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA celebrated inspirational leaders who are working to advance peace, prosperity and justice here in the United States and throughout the world at their annual Global Leadership Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City.

Marlow Svatek, the daughter of Michael and Caroline Svatek of Safety Harbor, received the United Nations USA Association 2012 Leo Nevas Youth Advocate for Human Rights Award for her ongoing volunteer work with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where she promotes girls' access to education. Her projects include student clubs and camps promoting gender equality, health awareness campaigns focusing on disease prevention, and income-generating activities with a local women's association.

Svatek's parents and sister were invited guests and traveled to New York for the special occasion.

Other distinguished guests included Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, chairman of the International Commission of Inquiry for Syria; John C. Whitehead, former chairman, United Nations Association of the USA; Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, director-general for the UN Industrial Development Organization; and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Svatek has staffed UNA-USA student conferences in Miami, Tampa and New York City to promote the Model United Nations as a means of educating students in inner-city schools on global issues and human rights.

A report she wrote during an internship for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in Accra, Ghana, in 2009 resulted in a meeting of community representatives, the Ghanaian environmental agency and gold-mining companies to seek solutions to human rights abuses in the areas of education, health and sanitation.

Svatek is a 2007 graduate of Countryside High. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami before joining the Peace Corps in 2011.

The 22-year-old expects to attend law school at the University of Chicago in fall 2013.

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Wounded Warriors Benefit From Garage Sale

In preparation for their latest garage sale, Jim and Patricia Pochurek of Palm Harbor decided that all proceeds would benefit a worthy cause.

Their intentions were advertised on garage sale signs which read, "All proceeds from this sale will be doubled and donated to our wounded warriors."

Wounded warriors are a cause close to Jim Pochurek's heart. An Air Force veteran, he served 2½ years in Vietnam and flew more than 740 combat missions. He received the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and several other military awards.

Sales were brisk, and some buyers even overpaid. Neighbors from Indian Bluff Island generously donated more items to be sold.

At the recent Air Force Air Commando Association Reunion in Fort Walton Beach, the Pochureks presented a check for $500 for the Wounded Warriors Endowment Fund.

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