CHF International has announced a partnership with Athletes for Hope and Luke Sassano, defensive midfielder for the New York Red Bulls. The partnership is part of Athletes for Hope’s First Annual Who Gives? Racing for a Cause campaign, which runs from December 14, 2009-January 4, 2010.

CHF International Proud to Announce Partnership with NY Red Bulls’ Luke Sassano and Athletes for Hope

CHF International has announced a partnership with Athletes for Hope and Luke Sassano, defensive midfielder for the New York Red Bulls. The partnership is part of Athletes for Hope’s First Annual Who Gives? Race for a Cause campaign, which runs from December 14, 2009-January 15, 2010.

Sassano will help to raise support and funds for one of CHF’s many programs in Rwanda, specifically focused on providing educational support for the country’s more than 45,000 orphaned and vulnerable children.

Here’s a little more about the program:
Starting in 2010, CHF International will be supporting these orphaned and vulnerable children throughout the country by providing school fees and supplies, nutritional and psycho-social support, and vocational training. CHF will also be facilitating the development of parent-teacher associations as well as Drop Out Prevention Response teams as part of its promotion of UNICEF and the Government of Rwanda’s Child Friendly Schools (CFS) Initiative.

The Child Friendly Schools initiative aims to provide a secure, sanitary and nurturing school environment for every child. Although communities may be able to mobilize the required labor to construct or renovate school buildings to achieve this, construction costs are often prohibitive in the absence of external assistance.

To support its new Secure the School, Support the Child initiative, Luke will be fundraising on behalf of the program on the philanthropic website www.GlobalGiving.com. Visit the site now and help him win the race!

A. Provide ten boxes of sanitary supplies for the girls’ room – and ensure that girls don’t have to miss school during menstruation: $25

B. Construct a fence - to enclose school grounds and keep kids safe: $30

C. Donate a “Ready to Learn” kit - provides a uniform and all school supplies for one secondary school child for one year: $40

Click here to donate and help Luke win the race!

Luke says:
“I am very excited and honored to be working with CHF International in the Athletes for Hope Racing for a Cause campaign. CHF International truly is an amazing organization that has global initiative projects all around the world, where thousands of selfless people work with communities and their families to help build resilience against the many health and economic shocks that exist amongst these local communities. CHF International really appealed to me personally because of the many youth projects that they have around the world. The project that I will be fundraising for will be "The Youth Rwanda School Project", which is an initiative that aids in putting child headed households and orphans in Rwanda into local schools, where by putting these children in school we can ensure that their lives - affected by genocide and HIV - can turn in a positive direction. This really spoke to me because I personally know how important and invaluable a child's education is their development as well as the children's safety and well being on a daily basis. A simple elementary and high school education will also give these children the knowledge and confidence that can give them opportunities that they could have only dreamed of before. I have truly been inspired by the initiatives and actions by CHF International and I cannot wait to begin the Athletes for Hope Racing for a Cause Campaign as well as participating with CHF International's future projects!”

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About Athletes for Hope
Athletes for Hope’s is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization founded by an elite group of 12 professional athletes with a shared passion for philanthropy. Its mission is to educate, encourage, and assist athletes in their efforts to contribute to community and charitable causes; to increase public awareness of those efforts; and to inspire others to do the same. For more information about the “Who Gives?” Campaign , go to: www.are-athletes-obligated.org.

Athletes for Hope’s 12 Founding Athletes are: Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning and Cal Ripken, Jr.