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Column - July 13, 2012

Dublin fireworks bring clean water to Ethiopia

by Jeb Bing

Makeshift plywood booths filled parking lots in central Dublin last week in that city's annual allowance for "safe and sane" fireworks such as sparklers and small "low rise" cones that service clubs and nonprofits sell to raise funds for their activities. Among the sellers were a number of school-related groups, athletic boosters, swim clubs, Dublin Lions and Rotary clubs, Dublin Partners in Education, Tri-Valley YMCA and at least one church. What caught my eye was the lone booth at Dublin Boulevard and Amador Plaza Road where Yvonne King and other volunteers were selling fireworks to raise money for Doctors Giving Back, a Dublin-based organization that is serving the health needs of thousands in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. It was the only organization taking advantage of Dublin's open policy on selling fireworks that seemed to be looking beyond the city's borders over the Independence Day fund-raising effort.

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