Save Darfur Coalition recognizes Miriam and Jacob Hodesh as January ‘Darfur Heroes

WASHINGTON – The Save Darfur Coalition today recognized Savannah, Ga. newlyweds Miriam and Jacob Hodesh, who deleted their entire wedding registry and instead urged family and friends to make donations to help end the Darfur genocide. For their efforts, which raised more than $20,000, the coalition named the Hodeshes January’s Darfur Heroes. The program, started last year by the coalition, highlights individuals who are playing a crucial role in helping end the violence in Darfur through awareness-raising and other efforts.

“A few months ago, we were standing in the aisle of a department store wondering if the curve of the plate that we had registered for would go well with the glasses that we had registered for,” Miriam and Jacob wrote. “We looked at each other and started laughing … And so, we deleted our registries, to the dismay of some, and the awe of others.” The couple added, “We feel honored to have had the opportunity to affect change. We feel honored to be associated with the Save Darfur Coalition, and we hope that our vision will continue to change the lives of a people many miles away.”

The Hodeshes’ blog can be viewed here.

“Weddings are a day full of memories that a bride and groom will cherish for the rest of their lives,” said Allyn Brooks-LaSure, spokesperson for the Save Darfur Coalition. “That the Hodeshes would think of the Darfuri people on their special day, speaks to their unyielding generosity and thoughtfulness. Their contribution to this effort will enable activists to continue advocating on behalf of the Darfuri people who continue to suffer at the hand of their own government.”

Darfur Heroes will feature one outstanding activist’s story each month – through a blog featured on Save Darfur’s website – not just to recognize those individuals who have helped build the movement, but also to inspire others with unique fundraising and awareness-raising tactics. Previous Darfur Heroes have included “Big Kenny” Alphin of the country music duo Big & Rich, and Lindsey Ronald, creator of Run for Darfur (www.RunForDarfur.org), among others.

Miriam and Jacob’s blog can be found here.

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About the Coalition: The Save Darfur Coalition raises public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and mobilizes a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of people throughout the Darfur region. It is an alliance of more than 180 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations. The coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Darfur. For more information on the coalition, please visitwww.SaveDarfur.org. To obtain footage from the Darfur border region, coalition events, various interviews, and more, please visit the Save Darfur Coalition media gallery athttp://media.savedarfur.org. All footage may be previewed in non-broadcast quality and may be purchased in broadcast quality by filling out the purchase request form provided on the site.

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