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JMU VB’s Delaney Gearing Up For Mission Trip to Africa

Oct 11, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

James Madison University sophomore volleyball middle blocker Sarah Delaney plans to spend her winter break in December a little differently than most college students.

That’s because Delaney is currently planning a trip to Sierra Leone, Africa, to volunteer at the Child Rescue Center and Mercy Hospital, as part of a sponsorship with the foundation for Helping Children Worldwide. Delaney, a native of Herndon, Va., will make the voyage with 20 other missionaries and group leaders during JMU’s student winter break. The group will serve on various projects ranging from construction, to medical missions and planning summer classes for youth. Other aspects from the trip will include helping to educate different villages on health topics like nutrition, dental hygiene and first aid.

“I cannot even begin to express my excitement,” Delaney said on “I went to Costa Rica in July 2010 for a week long mission trip and it was the most memorable, rewarding and happiest time of my life. I am so blessed to have generous and supportive relatives and friends who are helping me and the children in Sierra Leone through their donations.”

The sophomore, who has been putting her own money into the trip as well, has been planning many fundraising efforts as the date nears. For more information on Delaney’s trip and for those interested in making a donation, visit or the Helping Children Worldwide official website.