Suru Ripai, Cashier at Georgetown University reunites with Family in Canada!

Umberto Suru Ripai, Cashier at Georgetown University

"I am grateful to the students for everything that they did for me [to raise the money] and making it possible to see my family. I've been thinking a lot and I don't think that right now is the best time to travel back home to South Sudan. There is a lot of problems going on over there right now and I may be safer here in the United States this year. But when the time comes and I am ready to go, I will get in touch with my nephew down there and set everything up. I need to call him to help arrange the trip. New things are coming..I turned 64 years old recently and soon I will have to decide if I want to stay here or go back home to live after I retire. I don't want to retire for a while so I still have some time to think about it.."

In just 24 hours, Suru will be on a flight to see his family in Alberta, Canada! He will be spending this holiday season with his daughter and his 3 grandchildren.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this trip happen for Suru! With a goal of raising $2,000 for round trip tickets to reunite Suru with his family after 45 years, we raised $6,031 ($5,458 after Gofundme’s fees) - which will strictly be used to support Suru’s trip. The Unsung Heroes team will put his funds in a separate account and will work with him whenever he is ready to prepare for the trip. Stay tuned for our next Unsung Hero update with Oneil Batchelor!

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