Kenny "Big" Alphin heads to provide help in Sudan
Friday, October 19, 2007
– Kenny Alphin of Big & Rich and wife Christiev left Nashville for Akon, Sudan Thursday to bring medical and school supplies, along with musical instruments, clothing and building tools to the Kunyuk School for Girls.
Big & Rich have been very vocal about the on-going war in the Sudan.
The Alphins originally donated money to the school at his number one party for the song "Last Dollar," which he wrote and was sung by Tim McGraw. At the time, there were 250 girls enrolled at the school, and their classroom consisted of a chalkboard nailed into a Baobab tree. Enrollment at the school has since increased to 1,000.
"When I first learned of the school it was through reverend and physician, Gloria White Hammond of Boston," comments Alphin. "Today, there are over one thousand girls at the school as the horrific conflicts continue in the north and Darfur leaving most of these children orphaned."
Alphin charted a cargo plane to bring the 25 crates of supplies to the area. In addition, he will be performing for the children with friend and fellow musician Damien Horne. The entire trip is funded soley by Alphin.
Alphin said, "Whether they are abused across the street or across an ocean, all people deserve freedom and basic human rights. I would spend every nickel I could get my hands on to help these people. It is the worst humanitarian crisis on our earth and it is time we did something to stop it."
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