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Franklinton teen with a global dream

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FRANKLINTON — Sarah Garner has grown up in Franklinton, but she has international dreams. This high school senior’s dream is to visit Tanzania and meet the child she sponsors through Compassion International.

Garner has been sponsoring Marynagu since she was 16 years old. When asked about sponsoring a child at such a young age, Garner talked about her passion for helping those who are less fortunate.

“Even though I was only 16 at the time, I knew that if I worked hard and trusted God, I would be able to come up with the money needed for the monthly pledge,” Garner said.

The Franklinton girls basketball player has managed to sponsor “Mary” over the past two years. Every month, Garner has watched children, cared for pets, and worked various jobs in order to release children like Marynagu from poverty. But now her dream has grown — Garner wants to go meet Mary in person.

There’s just one thing stopping Garner from hopping on the plane next June for the trip, which is the cost. She is taking a big shot at an even bigger goal: raising the $5,500 she needs to make the trip.

As a varsity girls’ basketball player, she wants to use that ability to raise money and has organized a fundraising campaign, “Five Hundred Free Throws for Marynagu.”

During Christmas break, Garner plans to hit the gym and shoot 500 free throws, all in hopes of meeting a girl she considers a little sister she’s never met.

“I’m really excited about it,” Garner said. “I really want to go on the trip. However, I don’t expect people to hand me cash, or to magically receive a check in the mail for $5,000. I’m willing to use my talents and abilities in a unique way in order to raise money.”

Garner is looking for 275 sponsors to donate $20 each to reach her fundraising goal. Donations can be made through her GoFundMe page: “Five Hundred Free Throws for Marynagu.”