Local Woman Chosen as Finalist for ChildFund’s Facebook Promotion (Janet Brown)

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Contact: Cynthia Price, 804-756-2722

Finalist is one of five in the nation to possibly travel across the globe to visit their sponsored child

Richmond, Va. – July 20, 2011 – Last month, Janet Brown of Monrovia, Md., thought she was only able to communicate with Jose, her ChildFund International sponsored child in Mexico, through letters and photos. Now, because of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, she may be able to meet Jose face-to-face, but she needs the public’s help.

Brown is one of five randomly selected finalists in ChildFund International’s “The Experience of a Lifetime” Facebook promotion. The organization, which creates one-to-one connections through child sponsorships, created the promotion with its thousands of sponsors and children in mind.

“Take a second to imagine having the chance to visit a child you have a relationship with, but have never met,” says Anne Lynam Goddard, ChildFund president and CEO. “To meet and see first-hand the impact made in a child’s life will move an individual more than they could ever imagine.”

Brown and the other finalists have each written an essay explaining why they should be chosen to visit their sponsored child. Followers of ChildFund International’s Facebook page will be able to vote on the essays to support that person’s quest for “The Experience of a Lifetime.”

“I’ve sponsored Jose for many years now – he’s grown to be a second child to me,” says Janet. “He actually calls me, ‘Madrina,’ which is Spanish for ‘Godmother.’ I just want to go down to Mexico to hug him and tell him personally how proud I am of him. I know he would want to do the same for his ‘Madrina.’ ”

Those interested in the promotion can:

  • Go to Facebook.com/ChildFundInternational
  • Select the “Experience of a Lifetime” tab (http://apps.facebook.com/experienceoflife)
  • Review the essays and vote

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ChildFund International is a global child development and protection agency serving more than 15.2 million children and their family members in 31 countries. For more than 70 years, we have helped the world’s deprived, excluded and vulnerable children survive and thrive to reach their full potential and become leaders of enduring change. As a member of ChildFund Alliance we create supportive environments in which children can flourish. To sponsor a child in need, visit the ChildFund website.