TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - On August 1, 2014, development agency World Vision posed a challenge to Albertans: would 3,000 new sponsors come forward in 60 days to open their hearts to a child in need?
In typical fashion, Albertans have not only risen to the challenge – they've taken it over the top. Thirty-four per cent over the top. As of today, 4,013 Albertans have joined more than 68,000 of their big-hearted neighbours who already sponsor more than 90,000 children around the world.
"I couldn't be more thrilled, and proud, that so many of my friends and neighbours all across the province have stepped up and said yes, I'll lend a hand," says World Vision Ambassador and Olympian Cheryl Bernard, spokesperson for the Alberta Campaign for Children. "It just blows me away how generous we are… how we rise to a challenge… and how we help those who really need it. That's what Alberta – and World Vision – is all about. Thanks to everyone who has joined me on this amazing sponsorship journey."
Thanks to 4,013 Albertans, thousands more children now have the chance to go to school, drink clean water, eat healthy food, access medical care and live in a safe environment. And that means the world to them, and their communities.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our News Centre at worldvision.ca
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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