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As Newton TAB Editor Emily Costello wrote last week, friends of Luke Voss-Kernan’s — the 19-year-old 2010 Newton South graduate who died in a climbing accident last month — have established a fund to collect money in Luke’s honor to buy solar lights for communities in Kenya that are off the electrical grid. Luke spent time in Kenya a couple of years ago and his family supports the cause that would brighten the dark, smoky, dung huts currently lit by kerosene.

Mason Rice parent Maggi Alexander, who wants to get the word out about the cause, passes on the following about Luke:

Luke had a bright light and always saw the light in others.  So the tribute described below seems to honor Luke perfectly.

His motto was:

Dream big. Do bigger.

The Luke’s Lights fund plans to purchase more than 1,000 lights from the non-profit Unite-to-Light. Each light costs $10 and the group hopes that the lights will be in Kenyan homes and orphanages this summer.

To contribute to Luke’s Lights, mail a tax-deductible check made out to Unite-to-Light to Maggi Alexander, 62 Elmore St., Newton, MA 02459 or click on www.unite-to-light.org/donate.html and donate to Luke’s Lights.


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