Foley a ‘Champion for CCF Children’
While wrestling fans know Mick Foley by his stage names of Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love, Christian Children’s Fund knows Foley as a real ‘Champion for Children.’ Beyond his stardom for wrestling, Foley has also been on the New York Times ‘Best Seller’ list as an author of children’s books and has been a CCF sponsor since 1992. He currently sponsors four children with CCF — girls from the Philippines, Ethiopia and Senegal — and a boy from Sri Lanka.
Mick Foley with his sponsored child Herma Grace (yellow shirt) and family in the Philippines late last month.
Foley returned from a WWE event last month in the Philippines where he is recognized as a superstar. He said that the primary reason for this trip was to meet Herma Grace his sponsored child of seven years for the first time.
Foley invited the family of seven from the southernmost province of Mindanao to see him wrestle and to spend some time getting to know his sponsored child. Foley attributes this 14-year-old girl with inspiring him to become a better person. She writes to him often and made it clear to him that not writing back was not acceptable, so he writes more often now. “She always asks God to bless me and she thanks me for helping people,” Foley said.
Foley has learned that sponsoring children through CCF is much more than writing a monthly check.
“It’s about establishing relationships with children in need,” said Foley. “It’s about letting children with very little in their lives, through no fault of their own, know that someone out there cares.”
Foley has gone far beyond sponsoring four children with CCF. He also donated the proceeds from his book, ‘Tales from Wrescal Lane,’ to partner with CCF-Philippines in building an early childhood care and development center in Southern Luzon, Philippines.
Recently, Mick Foley became a Partnership Patron in CCF’s ‘Champions for Children Society’ with a major donation that will be used to build another early childhood care and development center in the Philippines. Foley also committed to donate his earnings from his recent WWE event in Manila to building another center in Cotabato, Philippines, the community where his sponsored child lives.