FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lemoyne, PA – March 26, 2013 - Today, CURE International announced a $250,000 matching grant from The Rees-Jones Foundation for CURE’s hospital in Ethiopia. The grant will increase the impact of gifts from donors, encouraging others to give and making it possible for more children to receive treatment. Through June 30, 2013, The Rees-Jones Foundation will match, dollar-for-dollar, all donations designated for CURE Ethiopia, including donations through the CUREkids program at http://cure.org/ethiopiamatch.
“The needs in Ethiopia are great,” said Rick Klein, Vice President of Development for CURE. “Right now, we have identified hundreds of children waiting to receive the type of specialty surgical care we can provide in Ethiopia, and we know there are thousands more. This grant from The Rees-Jones Foundation is timely and will allow us to continue to bring both physical and spiritual healing in Ethiopia.”
“Our mission is simple. We want to serve God by serving others and, in the process, enable others to experience the love of Christ in very tangible ways,” said Trevor Rees-Jones. “CURE’s commitment to spiritual healing alongside physical healing makes the organization a natural fit for what we are seeking to do.”
The Rees-Jones Foundation grant effectively doubles the impact individual donors can have on children in Ethiopia. While it helps to further funding, it also motivates others to step up and make a difference. “This grant is as much an encouragement for others as it is a promise to the children of Ethiopia,” said Klein. “For an individual donor, there is a great value in knowing you are not alone in reaching out to help these children. There is tremendous power in community.”
Joel Worrall, Vice President of cure.org, values the partnership of organizations like The Rees-Jones Foundation. “Through our CUREkids program, we can provide unprecedented real-time reporting on the children and families being impacted by CURE in Ethiopia, and when an organization like The Rees-Jones Foundation comes alongside CURE, it multiply our efforts and produces a priceless outcome: hundreds of kids whose lives are changed forever,” said Worrall.
Ashenafi Legesse (2) is one of dozens of children who will receive lifechanging
care because of The ReesJones Foundation’s generous matching grant.
About The Rees-Jones Foundation
Founded in 2006 by Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, The Rees-Jones Foundation is a private foundation that works with nonprofit
organizations to serve others and improve their quality of life and life circumstances in tangible ways. Learn more at http://rees-jonesfoundation.org.
About CURE International
CURE International has a 15-year track record of providing children with curable, physical disabilities the treatment they need to live normal lives. CURE operates hospitals and programs in 27 countries worldwide and, since opening its first hospital in 1998, has seen nearly 2 million patients, provided more than 138,000 life-changing surgeries, and trained over 6,100 medical professionals. Learn more at http://cure.org.
Rick Klein, CURE International