‘SURVIVOR AFRICA’ WINNER TO MAKE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT MCC’S ‘CIVILITY DAYS’

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The Middlesex Community College “One World” series will host Survivor Africa winner Ethan Zohn in a special program titled Character: The Ultimate Survivor Tool, to be held at noon on Feb. 28 at the Lowell DoubleTree Hotel, 50 Warren St., adjacent to the college’s Lowell Campus.

Free and open to the public, Zohn’s talk is the keynote event of Civility Days at Middlesex, a campuswide celebration promoting respect, tolerance and kindness for others. A variety of other Civility Days events, addressing issues surrounding character, citizenship and responsibility, will be held throughout the week of Feb. 27 on both the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

Zohn, who grew up in Lexington, rocketed to fame when he won $1 million on the TV reality game show, Survivor Africa. A former professional soccer player in Zimbabwe, Zohn invested his winnings in Grass Roots Soccer, a nonprofit organization based in Zimbabwe that provides AIDS and HIV education conducted by professional soccer players.

The AIDS crisis has reduced life expectancy in Zimbabwe by 38 percent in the last decade, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control predicts that by 2010 more than 35 percent of children in the country will be AIDS orphans. “I knew I only had 15 minutes of fame,” Zohn said. “So, I wanted to be sure I did something good with it.”

Speaking to college students is an extension of his desire to make a difference. During his campus talk, Zohn shares his belief in the importance of personal character, citing it as the reason he won the reality game show and the tool that got him through the first year of instant celebrity.

The “One World” series at Middlesex Community College is an annual speaker series addressing topics of current interest, offered through MCC’s office of external affairs with funding provided by the Student Union Government Association. For more information, call Rebecca Newell, MCC’s Coordinator of Student Activities, at 781-280-3763.