Most of us want to know that our lives matter to other people, though the expression of that desire can take many forms. Duane Patterson, 1953 – 2021, made his contributions in quiet, steady ways. Duane first sponsored Derrick in 2017 when he traveled to Kenya. He enjoyed corresponding with Derrick and was hopeful Derrick’s future would be better due to the support he provided.
In May 2021, Derrick completed high school and we have admitted him to our post-secondary program. He is in the midst of computer training and exploring the best options for his continued education. Duane was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2021 and passed about 10 days after the diagnosis. He left a $100,000 bequest to Friends of Ngong Road which will be invested in our endowment fund. This means that each year Duane’s gift will generate $4,000+ to support operations, in perpetuity. Thank you, Duane, for leaving a legacy aimed at improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya. Well done my friend.
There are many ways you can support Friends of Ngong Road. In addition to sponsoring a student or giving an annual donation, you can also support FoNR through a gift from your retirement account, by designating FoNR as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or including FoNR in your estate plan, like Duane did. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 568-4211.