August 4, 2003 - Peace Corps Press Release: Sri Lanka RPCV Patrick J. Cunningham's Work Honored in New Memorial Fund

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Headlines: Peace Corps Headlines - 2003: August 2003 Peace Corps Headlines: August 4, 2003 - Peace Corps Press Release: Sri Lanka RPCV Patrick J. Cunningham's Work Honored in New Memorial Fund

By Admin1 (admin) on Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 12:06 am: Edit Post

Sri Lanka RPCV Patrick J. Cunningham's Work Honored in New Memorial Fund

Read and comment on this Peace Corps Press Release that the family of Patrick J. Cunningham has established a memorial fund to carry on Patrick’s work and dedication to the Peace Corps at:

Peace Corps Volunteer’s Life, Work Honored in New Memorial Fund*

* This link was active on the date it was posted. PCOL is not responsible for broken links which may have changed.

Peace Corps Volunteer’s Life, Work Honored in New Memorial Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 4, 2003 – In honor of a former Peace Corps volunteer’s life and work, and to celebrate the recent birth of his nephew, the family of Patrick J. Cunningham has established a memorial fund to carry on Patrick’s work and dedication to the Peace Corps.

Patrick J. Cunningham served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka from 1991 to 1993. As a Small Business Development volunteer, Patrick created a community income-generating project by setting up a rice mill with the 15 poorest members of the village. Last reported, the rice mill continues to operate and benefit area farmers. Following his time in Sri Lanka, Patrick returned to the United States and used his Peace Corps experiences to embark on careers in international and business development. In January 2003, Patrick was tragically killed in an automobile accident on his way from Cincinnati to Indianapolis.

Patrick J. Cunningham was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sri Lanka from 1991-1993. He is pictured with his village neighbors during his service.

As a way to remember his contributions and his love for the Peace Corps, Patrick’s sister, Colleen Gabriel, wanted to establish a fund to carry on his dedication to small business development. She and her husband have established a memorial fund in Patrick’s name at the Peace Corps to honor him and to coincide with the arrival of the Gabriel’s second child. In addition, Colleen and husband Robert have named their baby Jonah Patrick, born Friday, August 1st, weighing 8 pounds, 14.5 ounces, and measuring 21.75 inches.

Jonah Patrick is named in honor of his uncle, Patrick J. Cunningham, a former returned Peace Corps volunteer. Jonah Patrick was born on August 1, 2003.

Colleen was also a Peace Corps volunteer, serving in Paraguay from 1994 to 1996. Her husband, Robert, is the Peace Corps Administrative Officer in Tanzania. Robert, who served with Patrick in Sri Lanka, was introduced to Colleen through their friendship.

“We are thankful that Peace Corps was able to play such a significant role in Patrick’s life and thus, bring my husband and me together. Patrick will live in the hearts and souls of our children, and he will be missed dearly,” Colleen said.

“The arrival of a baby is celebration enough for most couples. But for Colleen and Robert, the birth of their second child is also the perfect time to honor Patrick’s life and work,” Director Gaddi H. Vasquez stated. “The dedication and commitment this family has already shown to the Peace Corps, and to the countries and communities in which they served, is truly immeasurable. The new fund is a tremendous tribute to Patrick and a fine way to celebrate Jonah Patrick’s new life.”

In lieu of baby gifts, the family is encouraging friends, relatives, and all interested to donate to the new memorial fund as a way to remember and honor his service. Checks may be sent to the Peace Corps Partnership Program, Patrick J. Cunningham Fund, 1111 20th Street, Washington, DC 20526. Phone donations can be made by calling (202)-692-2170 or toll-free, 1-800-424-8580, extension 2170.

Since 1961, more than 170,000 volunteers have served in the Peace Corps, working in such diverse fields as education, health, HIV/AIDS education and awareness, information technology, business development, the environment, and agriculture. Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a two-year commitment.

Click on a link below for more stories on PCOL

Call your Senator Now

Disaster ahead for Bush's Peace Corps Expansion Budget

President Bush has asked for $359M for FY 2004 to support his plan for Peace Corps expansion. Congress is getting ready to cut up to $45M from his request. Here's what you can do.
PCOL Magazine: August Issue
Greater Accountability at the Peace Corps
Send in the Peace Corps to Iraq?
House of Representatives passes Charter
Kevin Quigley named new NPCA President
Investigation on death of PCV in Mali
President Bush meets PCVs in Botswana
Friends of Liberia issue a Call to Action
Top Stories and Breaking News
Parents recall PCV Zack Merrill 30 July
RPCV writes "What India means to me" 29 July
RPCV says Liberians want American aid 29 July
Vasquez to speak in Mexico 29 July
AmeriCorps Violated Budget Law 28 July
Investigation on death of PCV 25 July
House passes $314M PC Appropriation 24 July
Send in the Peace Corps 23 July
Peace Corps to Reopen in Jordan 22 July
Peace Corps Writers announce awards 22 July
Call Now - Disaster ahead for PC Budget 21 July
PC to get $49M less than requested 17 July
House passes Peace Corps Charter Bill 16 July
House Set to Vote on new PC Bill 16 July
Sen. Coleman's Speech at PC HQ 15 July
Peace Corps mum on PCV death 15 July
Sen. Coleman to push for PC accountability 15 July
Call Congress - PC Funding in Trouble 15 July
Kevin Quigley Named new NPCA President 14 July
RPCV says US will find WMD in Iraq 13 July
President Bush meets PCVs in Botswana 12 July
House to consider Peace Corps Bill 11 July
Kennedy and the Third Goal 11 July
FDA orders Lariam warning 10 July
RPCV Artist exhibits at Corcoran in DC 10 July
Volunteer Zack Merrill dies in Mali 8 July
Friends of Liberia issue call to action 8 July
More Feature Stories from Recent Issues
A Volunteer's Courage: Health Care for RPCVs
Issues with the Peace Corps Bill in Congress
Americorps' Failure: Lessons for the Peace Corps
RPCVs dump ton of coal at US Capital
German Peace Corps celebrates 40 years
Bill Moyers talks about America's Future
Protest at the Peace Corps
Returned Volunteers honor Jack Vaughn
Alcohol Abuse a big issue for PCVs in Central Asia
Peace Corps to add 1,000 AIDS/HIV volunteers
Op-ed: The Future of the Peace Corps
Marine Sergeant says PC is "truly hardcore"
RPCV is wheelchair basketball champion
Watch Director Vasquez on web tv
Malian President Touré Speaks at PC HQ
The Shrivers: A Special Legacy
Special Reports
Exclusive: How RPCVs organized anti-war Ad
Improvements needed in Volunteer Support
From Russia with Love
Health Concerns: The Controversy over Lariam
GAO Reports on PCV Safety and Security
The Digital Freedom Initiative
PC/Washington: Senior Staff Appointments at PC HQ
PC Expansion: The Numbers Game?
Op-ed: Why Peace Corps needs Shriver's 4th Goal
When should PC return to Afghanistan?
RPCV Spy dies in Moscow
Op-ed: The Case for Peace Corps Independence
Preservation of an Independent Peace Corps
Top Discussion Stories

Senator Norm Coleman is a strong supporter of Bush's full $359M budget request but wants greater accountability from the Peace Corps. Read why.

Send in the Peace Corps?
Should the Peace Corps be heading into Iraq and Afghanistan? What do you think?

The Fourth Goal
Read what Sargent Shriver says ought to be the Peace Corps' new goal for the 21st century.

Peace Corps Charter
Read about the new Peace Corps bill that RPCVs and Friends of the Peace Corps are getting through Congress.

Improvements needed Volunteer services. Read our exclusive story on what needs to be done to support volunteers and reduce attrition rates.

A Volunteer's Courage
After Sara Evans was assaulted she left the Peace Corps and returned to the United States. But her ordeal was only beginning.

Volunteer Safety
Read the GAO Report on Safety and Security of Volunteers.

The Lariam Files
Read about the anti-malarial drug thousands of volunteers have taken - and its potential side effects.

Protest at the Peace Corps
Do volunteers and staff retain first amendment rights while working in the Peace Corps. Join the discussion.

RPCVs organize
Read how 1,800 RPCVs organized to place two half-page ads in the New York Times.

PC is "truly hardcore"
A Marine Sergeant visited his daughter who is serving in Nicaragua. Read what he says about the Peace Corps.

Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; COS - Sri Lanka



Add a Message

This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.