Poeple In Our Times

Bringing hope to an African village devastated by AIDS

Fifteen people, seven of whom have AIDS or are HIV positive, will travel to Kenya, Africa, this month on a mission of hope. MATHEW JON FIELDS and DOROTHY J. GALLOWAY of Rockford are participating in this trip. Organized by Canticle Ministries of Wheaton, the mission will include helping villagers learn a turnkey business, finishing a house for AIDS orphans, planting crops and grass, and purchasing animals from a neighboring village.

The group is bringing three solar ovens, one of which cooks 28 loaves of bread an hour. The two smaller ovens feed six to eight people. The ovens heat to 500 degrees, all from solar panels, but a cloudy day won’t shut down production as the ovens can run on propane, which will be available. The hope is that these missionaries can help the villagers learn how to run a turnkey bakery.

“This mission is extremely important because people with AIDS will be reaching out to others with AIDS,” said BRAD OGILVIE, executive director of Canticle Ministries. “By overcoming our own fears and beliefs about what those of us living with HIV/AIDS can and cannot do, we can start to address the overwhelming fear in other parts of the country.”

“We know medication and financial resources are needed,” he continued. “But we also know that these things are not sufficient to overcoming AIDS. We have to put a face to hope, and then share that with all who are impacted with this disease.”

International Artexpo in NYC features Rockford resident

International Artexpo, one of the most comprehensive events of its kind for both industry professionals and consumers, will premiere the new works of Rockford artist RONI GOLAN during its 2004 show, held at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City from Feb. 26 to March 1. Golan is the owner and curator of Underground Gallery, 2110 11th St. Artexpo has been defining popular art for more than a quarter of a century, and is eagerly anticipated by art dealers, publishers and private collectors. The event draws tens of thousands of qualified buyers and art enthusiasts to view its collection each year.

Golan will reveal his newest collection to the anticipated 40,000 attendees that features contemporary abstract paintings and bronze pieces. His works make use of shape, colors and patterns to create visually stimulating pices involving multiple images with more feeling than overt form and subject.

“We are so pleased to have the work of Roni Golan with us this year,” said JOYCE JAMISON, Artexpo show director. “People from all over the world will be in attendance to view the wonderful works of art from many artists who have been helping Artexpo define popular art for more than 25 years.”

Locally, Golan’s work can be viewed at The Underground Gallery or by going to his Web site, www.ronigolanart.com.

Thirty-year employee named RVC Faculty of the Year

Citing her “outstanding dedication to RVC,” one nominator described NORMA ANDERBERG-FREEBERG as “an unsung hero.” Anderberg-Freeberg says she simply wants to make a difference, especially in the lives of people with mental difficulties. For 30 years, she has been sharing that compassion with students in the nursing program at Rock Valley College. For her long-standing efforts, Anderberg-Freeberg was chosen by her peers to receive the RVC 2004 Faculty of the Year Award.

Teaching theory and clinical instruction of Psychiatric Nursing in the Associate Degree Program and Mental Health Nursing in the Licensed Practical Nurse Program at RVC, Anderberg-Freeberg wants her students to care for people with mental disorders and appreciate their creativity, talents and contributions. She has also taught courses on personal and occupational stress, holistic health and healing therapies.

A lifelong resident of northern Illinois, Anderberg-Freeberg attended SwedishAmerican Hospital School of Nursing and received degrees from the University of Dubuque and University of Iowa.

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