Holiday Angels: Catie Hagman

The Examiner celebrates people who made a difference in 2006

Occupation: UCLA freshman

Residence: Menlo Park

What she did: As a senior at Notre Dame High School in Belmont, Hagman, now 18, single-handedly raised $8,205 to build a desperately needed well for the village of Lughi in Sudan. She collected the money by sending mass mailings to virtually everybody her family knew and by delivering heartfelt personal pleas before a number of community organizations.

Why she did it: The bishop of Sudan, Macram Gassis, spoke at Notre Dame High School in 2004 and described the heart-rending suffering being inflicted on his people. “I decided I was going to personally do something to make things better in Sudan,” Hagman said. “I had volunteered in fund drives on my own, but it was nice to find out I could arrange a complete fundraiser on my own.”

The impact: The well began pumping in May 2006 and is now the only nearby source of clean water for 500 Sudanese. It is named the St. Julie Billiart Well, after the founder of the Notre Dame School movement.

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