Five Finalists Compete for Chance to Visit Sponsored Child

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By Virginia Sowers, ChildFund Community Manager
Posted on 7/20/2011
Experience of a Lifetime Final 5

It’s now up to our Facebook fans to decide who will travel off the beaten path to meet their sponsored child and tour a ChildFund program in Africa, Asia or the Americas.

Phase two of ChildFund’s Experience of a Lifetime promotion is under way. Five finalists — randomly selected from the group of qualified entrants who collected at least 10 friend nominations during phase one — are vying for the chance to realize their dream of visiting their sponsored child.


Janet Brown, Monrovia, Md.
Sponsors Jose in Mexico
“He has become more and more like a second son to me — and I have become his ‘Madrina.’ I have been fighting ovarian cancer for over four years and Jose has been so concerned for me, expresses so much love. I want to go down to Mexico to hug him, to tell him personally how so very proud I am of him.”

Matt Foley, Merrimac, Mass.
Sponsors Adalberto in Mexico
“Over the past year, my son Connor and I have supported a 13-year-old boy in Mexico. It’s has been a great learning experience for both of us. I want to win this promotion so Connor and I can meet Adalberto and his family.”

Cheryl Honey, Branson West, Mo.
Sponsors Lam in Vietnam
“We aren’t a wealthy family and truly felt the chance of meeting Lam and his family was nothing more than a dream. Now, it seems, there is a possibility that our dream can become a reality. My grandson Chase calls Lam his ‘brother,’ and they write each other often.”

David Levis, Citrus Heights, Calif.
Sponsors Shafik, Sarah, Dixon, Margaret and Robinah in Uganda
“Seeing the five children we sponsor in Uganda would help me better understand the complexities faced by their families. I would use this firsthand information to help teach my students about the importance of global citizenship, and how they too can look for ways to help people around the world.”

Clarissa Maxwell, Alexandria, Va.
Sponsors Alpha in Guinea
“For me, this promotion is about more than just winning, it is about seeing my sponsored child in person in the Republic of Guinea — shaking hands with him, giving him a hug and seeing him smile from ear to ear, handing him some gifts that are coming all the way from the USA.”

The finalist who receives the most votes by July 31, 2011, 11:59 p.m., ET, will be named the winner, pending a final background check per ChildFund’s child protection policy.

Visit ChildFund’s Experience of a Lifetime page on Facebook to cast your vote. You may vote one time per day.