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Brandis, Fully Belly Project accepts Clarence Award

Sunday marked the annual presentation of an award that is given in the spirit of the season. UNCW presented the Fourth Annual Clarence Award to Jock Brandis, founder of the Wilmington-based Full Belly Project. Started in 2003, the organization works to create and distribute technologies to assist developing countries and some of the poorest farmers in the world. Brandis said through the years he has been amazed at the community's support. “I want everyone in Wilmington to pat themselves on the back, because this is kind of a Wilmington award. You know, what I did was I worked with people in Wilmington to make it happen. And so if the stage was bigger, they should all be up there,” said Brandis. The Clarence Award is named after the guardian angel from the film "It's a Wonderful Life". The award is given each year to an unsung hero of the community who makes a difference to those in need. It is presented each year at UNCW's free screening of the holiday film.

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This was well deserved. Teaching people to sustain themselves with simple tools and technology is a far cry from the handout aid given in the past.