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‘Love Selma’ successful fundraiser for Integrity Worldwide

Local non-profit Integrity Worldwide brought New York Times bestselling author Bob Goff to Selma Thursday night for “Love Selma, a Night with Bob Goff” at the Selma High Auditorium.

Integrity Worldwide has spent the past couple of months selling tickets to the event as a fundraiser for their ministry.

Allan and Averee Hicks began Integrity Worldwide 13 years ago to rebuild, renew and restore Maasai Villages in southern rural Kenya that have been affected by extreme poverty through medical and dental care, clean water, education and ministry.

The end goal for Allan and Averee Hicks was for the village to be completely self-sufficient.

Thanks to the Bob Goff fundraiser, Allan said Integrity Worldwide will be able to complete its goal.

“It’s been a really big fundraiser and there are a few little details to take care of but I think we’ve done it,” said Allan.

Allan said the feedback from the community was amazing.

“It sort of spread like wildfire,” he said. “I think this will have been aour biggest fundraiser in 13 years.”

Allan said Goff’s book, “Everybody Always,” has had an effect on his own life.

“It’s a very simple message – love one another,” he said. “It’s easy to love people you love, but it’s hard to love the people you don’t. It’s a work in progress, but I think his book has really changed the way I view people. I think it has made me a better person.”

Allan said he believes everyone in Selma can benefit from Goff’s message of love.

“We can love each other,” said Allan. “We just have to make a conscious effort to do it.”