UNCW names Full Belly Project founder Jock Brandis as Clarence winner

Reported by Doug Wahl - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Jock Brandis, the man who founded the full belly project, will receive this year's Clarence Award from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The Clarence Award is given out each year by the UNCW Film Department Studies.  It is named after the angel-in-training who guides Jimmy Stewart's character in the classic Frank Capra film It's a Wonderful Life.

The award recognizes an individual who gives unselfishly to others in order to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Jock Brandis founded the nonprofit Fully Belly Project with a group of other Cape Fear-area Peace Corps volunteers in 2003 to help distribute the universal nut sheller.

The device is used to assist African villagers in preparing nut crops for sale. With the nut sheller, villagers can increase the harvest efficiency and gain extra income.

The announcement that Brandis won the award was made Monday, but the ceremony will take place Sunday afternoon in Kenan Auditorium at 2:00.

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