2015 Nobel Prize winner Dr. William Campbell will be the featured speaker at an annual event to benefit the United Front Against Riverblindness (UFAR). The event will be held on April 8, 2017 from 5-9 p.m. at the Princeton United Methodist Church.
Dr. Campbell was co-awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in developing Avermectin, the parent of Ivermectin, a medicine that has nearly eradicated river blindness. For more than 10 years, UFAR has distributed Ivermectin in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to combat riverblindness. As a result of Dr. Campbell’s support of UFAR’s work, the organization has expanded its mission to include the distribution of drugs to combat other neglected tropical diseases in DRC.
“Dr. Campbell’s work has resulted in the tremendous alleviation of suffering in DRC,” noted Dr. Daniel Shungu, Executive Director of UFAR, a Lawrenceville resident. “Without his discovery, generations of people would continue to suffer from premature blindness, crippling families, communities and the nation.”
Dr. Campbell will speak in advance of UFAR’s 11th annual “African Soiree” fundraiser. His remarks will take place in the Princeton United Methodist Church sanctuary. There is no charge to attend the talk, however donations to support the organization are encouraged.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The African Soiree fundraiser – with authentic African cuisine – will begin at 6:30 pm in Princeton United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall. Tickets for the Soiree are $100, and may be purchased by visiting www.riverblindness.org.