Thanks to the continued support and referrals of our valued clients, Team Surlis has been able to donate a portion of each sale to charities that are very important to us each year.
A special project that we have been working towards and that has now been completed is the construction of a new primary school building in Liancourt, Haiti. The children of this village, located in a severely impoverished region of the world highly value any opportunity afforded to them to educate themselves, and realize the importance of education in giving them the ability to improve their own community.
However, the facilities they had been working in were unsuitable; dozens of children crammed into small huts, with dirt floors, leaking roofs and no supplies. Still, they came everyday, anxious to learn.
Through the efforts of Fr. Alexis Robinson and many of the people of Liancourt, Haiti who have worked tirelessly on the new building, as well as the many volunteers of the Seton Parish Haiti Outreach committee who have dedicated so much of their time and skill, the new school building has been completed on schedule! Fr. Alexis has sent on a photo of the children of Liancourt in front of their new school, which we have attached above, as well as photos of the old building which they had been using. We want to thank you, all of our friends and clients, past and present (and future!). Without your support of our family’s business our participation in this would not have been possible.
Our affiliation with this school has its roots in the rural Ireland over 60 years ago. Aidan Surlis grew up in a small farming village on the west coast of Ireland in the 1930′s and 40′s. The area was poor, and for many people having enough food for the day was a victory in itself. Aidan’s parents Ted and Nora Surlis believed that education was the only way out of poverty. They worked very hard to educate and instill this philosophy in their ten children. Aidan attended high school and college in Ireland and later earned his Masters Degree from Manhattan College.
In the 1960′s Aidan spent eight years working in famine stricken Kenya, Africa in a relief camp distributing food, building and running schools for the local children. Aidan wanted to help the children gain education, and thereby some increased ability to improve their circumstance, in the way he had been helped 30 years earlier.
This brings us to today and the dire need of the children in this impoverished village, and our families’ desire to build a school in honor of the emphasis placed on education by both Aidan’s parents Ted and Nora Surlis, and Catherine’s parents, Raymond and Mary Henze. The project has been overseen by the very dedicated Fr. Alexis Robinson of Liancourt, Haiti. Of course, this is possible only due to the dedicated support through referrals of our valued clients and friends and we thank you sincerely for this.
- The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
- Several programs run by the Crofton Kiwanis club through our sponsorship and contrubutions to the Annual Crofton Kiwanis/Team Surlis 10K run, the Pat Wilson Memorial Charity Auction and the Crofton Kiwanis-Dave Espie/Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. In turn the Kiwanis Club uses the money raised to support several local and national charity organizations, including:
- The ARC of Anne Arundel County
- The Lighthouse Shelter
- The Community Food Bank.