Automaker donates US$100,000 to non-profit organization that grants the
wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions
Six children will serve as official match ball carriers at UEFA EURO
SEOUL, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - In celebration of its official sponsorship
of the UEFA EURO 2012™ football championship, Kia Motors has donated
US$100,000 to its selected charity, Make-A-Wish® International. In addition to the donation, Kia Motors has also invited
six 'wish' children to serve as official match ball carriers during the
matches in Poland and Ukraine where they will have the
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver the official match ball onto
the pitch during Europe's largest football competition.
The six wish children, who were selected from Make-A-Wish
International's European affiliates based on their love of football,
will travel to Poland and Ukraine from across Europe to help 'share the
power of a wish®' with all of those in attendance at UEFA EURO 2012™. Wish children Victor (age 13, Denmark), Efstratios (age 12, Greece),
Alan (age 12, Italy), Juro (age 14, Austria), Peter (age 14, France),
and Mathias (age 12, Denmark) will making appearances beginning with
the tournament's group stage matches that started on 12 June through
the first semi-final match on 27 June.
"Make-A-Wish International is thrilled to be Kia's selected charity and
know that our wish children are very excited to take part in UEFA EURO
2012," said Jon Stettner, president and chief executive officer of
Make-A-Wish International. "A wish come true helps children feel
stronger, more energetic and more willing and able to battle their
life-threatening medical conditions. All the children attending are an
example of the strength given through a granted wish. This opportunity
offers a wonderful way for our wish children and Kia to take part in
celebrating our mission and love for football together!"
Soon-Nam Lee, Director of the Overseas Marketing Group, Kia Motors
Corp., said, "This year, we are the only UEFA EURO 2012 sponsor given
the opportunity to nominate official match ball carriers for the
matches in Poland and Ukraine. We can't think of a more fitting charity
to partner with for this opportunity than Make-A-Wish International. We
are happy to provide the opportunity for wish children to serve as
official match ball carriers and are excited to embrace this amazing
experience right along with them."
"We are also proud help make more wishes come true through our
US$100,000 donation to Make-A-Wish International," Mr. Lee concluded.
Make-A-Wish International grants the wishes of children with
life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with
hope, strength and joy. The organization is the world's largest
wish-granting organization, serving children in 47 countries outside
the US through its 36 affiliates. With the help of generous donors and
more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish has granted more
than 290,000 wishes around the globe since its inception in 1980. For
more information on Make-A-Wish International, please visit www.worldwish.org.
For more information on Kia's sponsorship of UEFA EURO 2012, please
Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- is a
subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) in Korea was founded in 1999
and sells and services high quality class leading vehicles like the
Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 173 dealers
nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 162 people in its Mississauga,
Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada. Kia's
brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the company's
global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through
continuous automotive innovation.
SOURCE KIA Canada Inc.
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