Wesak presenter donates to Mount Shasta fire and police and meals program

Steve Gerace
Jude The Healer, third from left, made donations Saturday, May 2, to Mount Shasta's fire and police departments and the local Meals on Wheels program. Left to right are Mount Shasta Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Johnathan Duncan, Police Officer Devon Priddy, Jude, Vicki Wells of Los Angeles, Wesak organizer and Meals on Wheels proponent Dawn Fazende, Police Officer Rachel Abel and Fire Captain Marquis Smith. Jude is scheduled to speak at Mount Shasta City Park at 4 p.m.

Jude The Healer, in advance of his Wesak 2015 presentation Saturday at 4 p.m. at Mount Shasta City Park, presented donation checks to Mount Shasta’s fire and police departments and the local Meals on Wheels program.

A resident shaman and healer in the city of Los Angeles, Jude was born in West Africa and trained under his grandfather, a third-generation shaman, according to information on his website: africanshamanhealer.com/about.

He donated $1,500 to the fire department, $1,000 to the police department, and $1,000 to Meals on Wheels.

The reason for the donations, he told Mount Shasta fire and police representatives, “is very simple. We appreciate the work you do.”

Jude said Wesak organizer and Meals on Wheels proponent Dawn Fazende “is doing everything she can to show that Mount Shasta is a spiritual center... She’s doing her best to bring people here and to help the community, to do good things.”

Accepting the donations were: Mount Shasta Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Johnathan Duncan and Captain Marquis Smith; Mount Shasta Police Officers Devon Priddy and Rachel Abel; and Fazende.

Jude said this is the fourth time he has participated in Wesak in Mount Shasta, “and each time we come we donate to the Fire Department and Meals on Wheels.”

The 2015 Wesak celebration is being held May 1 to 3 at Mount Shasta City Park. For details, go to: www.wesak.us