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New Vision Renewable Energy, Alderson Broaddus University, the Barbour County Ministerial Association and Sodexo Food Service will host the 2nd Annual "Party in the Dark" March 29.

The event will kick off at 8 p.m. in Heiner Hall, which is located on the top level of the Campus Center at Alderson Broaddus University. 

The lights will be turned out and participants, with the assistance of trained volunteers, will begin assembling solar-powered lights to be sent to victims of Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines last fall. The solar lights can be made by anyone 12 and older and the community is welcome to help with the project.

Though most lights produced at a "Party in the Dark" event are for those who never had electricity from the start, this event is part of a new campaign, Philippines Matters, which was launched just before Christmas. The A-B New Vision organization was put in contact with a pastor in the Philippines whose home withstood the storm and became a shelter for those who had nowhere to go. 

New Vision then partnered with Alderson Broaddus University and the Barbour County Ministerial Association to provide lights for those in need. Many of the residents in the affected areas have been left without electricity which still may not be restored for several months. The storm caused more than 5,000 deaths and displaced nearly 4.3 million people. The goal of the group is to raise enough money for 1,000 lights by the one year anniversary of the storm.

"Party in the Dark" is an event created by New Vision Renewable Energy to help some of the 1.2 billion people in the world living without electricity. Many families light their huts with kerosene lanterns. Many families' income is less than a dollar a day, making it difficult to even purchase kerosene and other much needed items such as food. Also, due to lack of lighting, many school children cannot efficiently study because they can't see to complete their assignments after the sun sets. "Party in the Dark" is not required to be held on Earth Hour but can be on any day of the year by families, churches, business or organization with two or more people willing to participate.

This is the second year New Vision and ABU have teamed up for this event. Last year, more than 100 students and community members produced more than 100 solar lights which were donated to families and school children in Machakos, Kenya in August. 

"Party in the Dark" is free to community members and Alderson Broaddus University students. A love offering will be taken for anyone wanting to donate to New Vision's cause. For details about how to help or host a "Party in the Dark," contact Ruston Seaman, president/CEO of New Vision at 304-457-2971, or Cara Prock, student activities coordinator at ABU at 304-457-6213.