Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Rennie Curran (35) in action against the Texas A&M Aggies in the third quarter of the 2009 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium. Georgia defeated Texas A&M 44-20. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Former UGA lineman Rennie Curran, in conjunction with MAP International, is hosting an art auction to aid in the fight against the buruli ulcer in Africa.
Virtually obsolete in the United States, the Buruli ulcer or Bairnsdale ulcer, a chronic debilitating skin disease affects many people in western Africa; nearly half of those affected by the disease are children under 15-year-old.
The art auction features sports-themed art crafted by local sports artist Dylan Ross. Proceeds from the event will benefit Curran's parents native, Liberia.
"My dream is to raise awareness of Liberia and support the country's efforts to deal with critical challenges like healthcare, and in particular, Buruli ulcer," said Mr. Curran. "Liberia has a rich history and natural beauty few people know about."
Curran, along with invited guests: Fromer Falcons LB Jessie Tuggle, Atlanta Falcons DE Jonathan Massaquoi, Cincinatti Bengals DT Geno Atkins, and TE Orson Charles, Kansas City Royals Jeff Francouer and Cleveland Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi will be available for photos at the event.
The auction will by held at the Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday, February 9 from 5 until 8 p.m. Tickets to this event cost $25 and can be purchased online.
The Hard Rock Cafe is located at 215 Peachtree Street NE in Atlanta.