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March 19th: Saint Raphael Catholic Church Health Fair!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on February 25, 2011

The Fishermen is happy to announce our participation at the 2nd annual health fair to be held at Saint Raphael’s Catholic Church located at 5801 Falls of the Neuse Road in Raleigh, NC.  We welcome you to drop by to meet us and to receive free blood pressure checks.  If you wish to leave either a financial and/or material donation we will be more than happy to put it to good use.  Ask us about out work – we can always use more volunteers in our ongoing effort to improve the health of orphaned children around the world!

Claire, Richard, and Alex at the 2010 Health Fair


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March 20th: Benefit Concert!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on February 25, 2011

The Fishermen is happy to present our first Benefit Concert to be held on March 20th in the Hive section of the Busy Bee Café ( in Raleigh, NC.  This three band event, coordinated by local artist Megan Gulledge (, will host Amy Echstenkamper at 7:30pm (, The Found Outsides at 8:45pm (!/thefoundoutsides), and
the Clay Pigeons at 10pm (

There will also be a silent auction featuring artwork and historical memorabilia donated by participants from across the country.  All proceeds will be donated to The Fishermen to assist us in our mission to provide medical supplies and services to orphaned children around the world.

The event will begin at 6pm on Sunday, March 20th and will conclude at 11:30pm.  Come join us for an evening of music, food, drinks and art!

Cover charge:  $3.  10% of all food and drinks purchased at the Hive the evening of the 20th will be generously donated by the Busy Bee Café to The Fishermen.

The Clay Pigeons

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Meet the Staff of The Fishermen

Posted by worldorphanrelief on February 25, 2011

Alex Gowen

Alex Gowen is the Director of The Fishermen and is responsible for the overall operation of the organization.  Alex’s credentials include an EMS certification with the state of North Carolina and specialized courses on chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) casualty management with the Department of Energy and the United States Army.  He is the author of the Surviving Terrorism counter-terrorism handbook series for first responders and is the former director of the Anti-Slavery Task Force (ASTAF), a non-profit organization that investigated cases of modern slavery.  Professional memberships include ASIS and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO).  For 20 years Alex has undertaken actions to supply medical and other humanitarian aid to the people of various nations.

Sarah Blocher

Sarah Blocher is the Co-Director of The Fishermen and is also responsible for the overall operation of the organization.  Sarah has experience volunteering her time with educators in her community, as well as with humanitarian aid and fair trade organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Ten Thousand Villages.  She has a 2006 EMT-Basic certification, and experience providing basic medical care in both the ambulance and hospital setting.  The Fishermen is the realization of Sarah’s life-long goal of making the world a better place.

Joanna LiVecchi

Joanna LiVecchi is one of our newest members and is responsible for directing our Dental Hygiene program.  Joanna is a graduate of the dental hygiene curriculum at Niagara College and holds an active professional membership with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.  She is also certified in both basic first aid and CPR.  Of considerable note is Joanna’s current research into providing methods of dental care to orphanages in areas lacking clean water.  Her determination to deliver dental hygiene skills and material to the orphaned children of the world shows a degree of dedication worthy of the highest praise.

Natalie Reeves

Natalie Reeves is our Promotional Events Coordinator and is responsible for assisting in the creation and planning of promotional events for The Fishermen.  She will be graduating from Campbell University with a degree in IT Management and Security.  Natalie is both a successful model and actress and is a very skilled and highly motivated member of our staff.

Randy Bridges

Randy Bridges is our Warehouse Manager and is responsible for maintaining our inventory as well as coordinating the pickup and delivery of donated medical material for The Fishermen.  Randy is a graduate of Brevard College and holds a degree in Psychology.  Being a retired social worker specializing in children, Randy provides us with incredibly valuable insight to the needs of those with whom we work.

Shawn Colwell

Shawn Colwell is responsible for directing our Nursing program.   Shawn is a highly skilled and experienced registered nurse and is a member of the medical staff of the New Hanover Health Network.  He is a nationally-recognized Certified Nurse of the Operating Room by AORN and also holds a BCLS and ACLS by the American Heart Association.  Shawn’s medical abilities and knowledge provides The Fishermen with incredibly valuable capabilities in the field both abroad and at home.

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson is our Occupational Therapist and is a graduate of the University of Texas’ School of Allied Health Sciences.  Richard brings to The Fishermen over 20 years of experience in improving children’s cognitive, physical, and motor skills while enhancing their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.  Being one of our biggest supporters and a great motivational resource, Richard is undoubtedly a key member of our volunteer staff.

Claire Wilson

Claire Wilson is an events volunteer and is a primary participant in various Fishermen fundraising and community activities. Claire is a freshman at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in the Science and Technology Program. She enjoys playing the cello and the guitar and she is a member of the College Park Youth Orchestra. She hopes to become more involved with The Fishermen by raising awareness of their mission and by participating in fund raising efforts. She is attracted by the idea of helping children who don’t have family support and are limited in their ability to help themselves. She hopes to be able to correspond with or meet some of these children someday.

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