The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 11, 2013

Sisters running for education in Africa

WINFIELD — When Andrea Cole talked with a schoolmaster in Zambia this May during a school trip about providing shoes for his students through her and her sister’s Honduran Soles initiative, the schoolmaster said something startling.

“He said, ‘That’s not going to help them,’” Cole said. “It took me aback ... But what he meant to was that they need an education.”

What Cole, a junior at Messiah College, found out was that while the education system in Macha, Zambia is free and well-established, families must purchase a school uniform to enroll their children. And at $20, the uniform is too expensive for many of the families in the community.

“Most parents cannot afford that,” she said.

Cole then knew she and her sister, Emily, a freshman at Eastern University, had to help. Then came word that Emily would be travelling to the same village in Zambia in May 2014.

“That was like a confirmation from God,” she said.

The sisters are now preparing to lace up their own shoes for a 20-mile charity run, with the sisters hoping to get sponsors to donate $1 per mile to the cause. It’s called the “20 for 20.”

The run will take place in the Lewisburg area on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Cole said. The sisters hope to raise enough to send enough money in May to sponsor 250 school uniforms.

“I know we can do it,” she said.

The sisters have also already begun collecting black, closed-toed shoes to complete the uniforms.

“We’re still incorporating the shoes,” Cole said. “But now it goes beyond that.”

By providing young people with an education, it opens the doors to better jobs in the community, Cole said.

But despite the poverty that exists in the community, the Zambians Cole met while traveling there were full of life and love, she said.

“They were so content with life, that was so memorable to me,” she said. “They loved life and appreciated life ... They made us feel so welcome.”

And Cole said her parents are onboard with the latest expansion of their mission work.

“Ever since I was little it was my dream to go to Africa, so they knew when I came back, I would be changed,” she said. “They don’t really doubt us. They’re always so encouraging; they believe in us so much.”

To donate to the Honduran Soles “20 for 20” run, email:, or send donations to Honduran Soles, 560 State Route 304, Winfield, PA 17889.

Text Only
  • xfire20b.jpg Firefighters battle blaze at BJ's in Danville

    DANVILLE — A fire Sunday damaged BJ’s Steak & Rib House, 291 Mill St., and endangered a neighboring shop and apartment building.

    April 20, 2014 6 Photos

  • Chase leads to jail

    MILTON — Charges were pending Sunday against a man allegedly tied to a rash of recent burglaries in Milton borough who ran from Milton Police on Saturday.

    April 20, 2014

  • Police: 3 steal debit cards, $10G in jewelry for drug trip to NY

    NEW BERLIN — Three Valley teenagers are under investigation for allegedly stealing debit cards and roughly $10,000 in jewelry from three parked vehicles in Union County earlier this month to fund a trip to New York to buy drugs.

    April 20, 2014

  • Valley farmers keep eye out for deadly pig virus

    CAMP HILL — Pork producers across the commonwealth — and in the Valley — are on the alert for a still existing virus that last year killed 12 piglets in Pennsylvania and a million piglets around the country.

    April 20, 2014

  • Loaded language

    Sometimes it’s the offhand remark that’s the most telling. Indeed, the way we Americans casually, often unthinkingly, incorporate gun metaphors into our everyday slang says a lot about how deeply embedded guns are in our culture and our politics, and how difficult it is to control or extract them. Consider this list, presented as bullet points — which are themselves so conventional, so central to the typography of mind-numbing PowerPoint presentations, that you can forget what their shape represents.

    April 20, 2014

  • Prize claim cost man $1,829

    WINFIELD — Western Union is doing what it can to educate people about the risks in wiring money. An entire section on its website ( is devoted to providing information that might reduce the risk of people falling victim to fraud schemes.

    April 19, 2014

  • Reel good time enjoyed by 200 young anglers

    TREVORTON — It only took about three minutes for J.C. Wallish to reel in his first fish at the Little Shamokin Creek Watershed Association’s annual Youth Trout Derby on Saturday.

    April 19, 2014

  • Elytte Barbour's 'bad trip' put him on the road to prison, friend says

    SUNBURY — A former roommate of slaying suspect Elytte Barbour drove 450 miles from North Carolina to spend 45 minutes in the Northumberland County Prison with his best friend last week, and was not surprised when he heard Barbour say: “I am afraid to spend the rest of my life in jail.”

    April 19, 2014

  • bonehunt20a.jpg 60 dogs battle for biscuits at annual bone hunt

    It was a scene similar to ones playing out all over the nation this weekend: nervous parents holding baskets and bags, watching their little ones search for goodies in the grass.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arizona tribe set to prosecute first non-Indian under a new law

    PASCUA YAQUI INDIAN RESERVATION, Ariz. — Tribal police chief Michael Valenzuela drove through darkened desert streets, turned into a Circle K convenience store and pointed to the spot beyond the reservation line where his officers used to take the non-Indian men who battered Indian women.

    April 19, 2014

The Daily Marquee

How do you eat your chocolate Easter bunny?

Feet first
Tail first
Ears first
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.