2007 rewards and Recognitions
"Orange Man Gives up House to Help Children", August 22, 2007, Orange County Register
ORANGE- After Belay's solicitation letters for his nonprofit organization were unsuccessful, the 52-year-old father of three sold his own house to build a school in the poor African nation of Ethiopia.
"The World May Know Kindness:" a message from Schweitzer, September 4, 2007
Award recipient Michael Belay
Public safety officer Michael Belay received Chapman University's 2007 Albert Schweitzer Award of Excellence at Opening Convocation last month for his work with school children in Ethiopia. Sadly, Michael was not allowed to give a two-minute acceptance speech. Below is the text of the speech he wrote for the memorable occasion.