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TERRY WAITE RECEIVES 1987 KIWANIS MEDAL

 TERRY WAITE RECEIVES 1987 KIWANIS MEDAL
 INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, Sept. 16,


ex-hostage Terry Waite finally received the 1987 Kiwanis World Service Medal.
 In January 1987, the Church of England envoy was on his way to Beirut, Lebanon, to resume contacts with hostage holders in that war- torn city. At the same time, the Kiwanis International board of trustees was voting to present the 1987 Kiwanis World Service Medal to Waite for his courage and dedication in working to win freedom for captives in Iran, Libya and Lebanon.
 Kiwanis International is a worldwide community service organization with almost 9,000 clubs and 330,000 members in 83 nations. The Kiwanis World Service Medal is designed to honor individuals who have dedicated themselves to altruistic service and who provide an inspiring example for others.
 Within a day of the Kiwanis board's selection of Waite for the medal, he disappeared in Beirut. The announcement of the selection was delayed for many weeks in the hope that Waite might be freed, but nothing more was heard.
 The Kiwanis World Service Medal includes a grant of $10,000 from the Kiwanis International Foundation, which is provided to assist recipients in their service work. After eight months, Kiwanis consulted Waite's colleagues at the Church of England. On their recommendation, the $10,000 was donated to Y-Care International, the world development agency of the YMCA. Waite was the founder-chairman of the London-based group.
 Waite's Kiwanis World Service Medal has been on display in the library of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., since 1987, waiting for the day when it could be presented to him. That day finally came on Sept. 16, when he visited the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., 50 miles from Kiwanis world headquarters in Indianapolis.
 The presentation was made by Arthur D. Swanberg of Dallas, the president-elect of Kiwanis International.
 "I was serving my first year as a Kiwanis International trustee when we voted to award the 1987 medal to Terry Waite," Swanberg said. "I am very happy to finally be able to present this recognition to a remarkable man, who has endured and survived so much because of his desire to relieve the suffering of others."
 Waite was the third recipient of the Kiwanis World Service Medal. The first was presented in 1985 to Dr. Giuseppe Maggi, a Swiss physician who spent 40 years serving the medical needs of the poor in West Africa. The 1986 medal was awarded to first lady Nancy Reagan for her campaign to prevent school-age drug abuse.
 This year's Kiwanis World Service Medal was awarded to Jaime Jaramillo, a petroleum engineer in Bogota, Colombia. He has worked tirelessly as a volunteer to rescue homeless children living in his city's sewers and garbage dumps.
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 /CONTACT: David Blackmer of Kiwanis International, 317-875-8755/ CO: Kiwanis International ST: Indiana IN: SU:


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