KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 26, 2012) – What do reality television, cars and pop star drama have in common with poor children? In this case, quite a bit. The NBC reality television show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” Mark Burnett Productions, General Motors and singer Debbie Gibson have joined forces to effectively change the lives of children living in crushing poverty in India through our organization, Children International. Let me tell you how they are doing this.
Ms. Gibson, our longtime supporter, is competing on this season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Because of her selfless dedication to helping poor children, she has chosen to donate her winnings from the show to Children International. Using her savvy business acumen and fueled by her passion for advocating on behalf of poor children, she won as project manager on a recent episode where she had led her team in creating a live launch event for the new Buick Verano. While others might not be as gracious or generous, Ms. Gibson personally presented us with this life-changing check – her generosity is truly amazing.
The gift of $50,000 -- $20,000 from ”The Celebrity Apprentice” and $30,000 from General Motors -- will help improve the lives of 5,000 children living in the some of the world’s poorest and most crowded slums of New Delhi. This contribution will be instrumental in helping to build a community center with a medical clinic where children will receive badly needed medical care. Children will be able to see a dentist – care that’s unheard of for children from marginal areas. Children suffering from malnutrition will have nutritional meals and their mothers will learn how to stretch their meager incomes and cook healthier meals.
Those same children will now have a chance to attend school and change the course of their lives through education. A library will provide access to books and computers, and be a safe, healthy place for children to study, relax and interact – opening a world of opportunity that can only come through proper learning.
While our children can’t directly thank General Motors or Mark Burnett Productions or Donald Trump or even Debbie Gibson, on their behalf, I’m thanking them publicly because they’ve made a difference. Their support is helping lift the burden of poverty from children and their families while giving them a brighter future.
About Children International:
Established in 1936, Children International is an award-winning humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. The organization has been recognized by the Philippine and Colombian governments for its humanitarian and disaster relief work. Children International’s programs help more than 340,000 children and their families in 11 countries around the world including Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Zambia, Honduras, India, the Philippines and the United States. For more information about Children International or to sponsor a child, visit www.children.org. Follow Children International on Facebook and Twitter.