Duchess to be Nobel-Nominated Charity Spokesperson

SOS Children's Villages Provides Homes to 52,000 Abandoned

and Abused Children Worldwide



Mar 09, 2004, 00:00 ET from SOS Children's Villages -- USA

    WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York,
 will be the celebrity spokesperson for SOS Children's Villages -- USA, an
 organization providing homes to 52,000 abandoned and abused children in 131
 countries, including the United States.  SOS never separates siblings.  The
 charity has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize more than a dozen times.
 Current projects include a new village to assist AIDS orphans in Cambodia.
 (www.sos-usa.org)
     "I am very excited about The Duchess' support of our work," states
 Christopher Zappia, SOS Children's Villages -- USA Executive Director.  "SOS
 Children's Villages has been around for 50 years and the average American does
 not know how we help abandoned and abused children.  The Duchess will help us
 get the word out."
     Last year, The Duchess was the guest of honor at a Manhattan tea party
 celebrating the organization's ten-year history in the United States.  At the
 anniversary event, The Duchess said, "SOS Children's Villages is about holding
 dignity, courage and self-respect.  More people should support SOS because
 it's right, it's true and it's good and I'm proud to be standing up here."
     Other celebrity supporters include California Governor Arnold
 Schwarzenegger and the Johnny Cash Family.
     There are four founding principles of the organization:  Provide every
 child: a home (to call their own), parents (someone to turn to at all times),
 siblings (boys and girls growing up together as a family) and a neighborhood
 (cultural roots and a feeling of belonging are an integral part of growing
 up).  Each SOS village/neighborhood consists of about 10-15 families, creating
 communities where children grow and learn.  There are more than 400 villages
 around the world.
     In 2002, SOS received the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian award.
 The entire million-dollar prize went to children's AIDS relief programs in
 Africa.  Currently, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a family fraternity
 helping orphans, is raising $1.5 million to build a new village in Cambodia
 which broke ground February 2004.
     Last December, Parents Magazine singled out SOS Children's Villages as a
 top ten charity deserving of donations.  For more information on how you can
 help SOS children around the world, call 1-888-SOS4KIDS (767-4543) or visit
 www.sos-usa.org.
 
      SOS-USA Contact: Michelle Tennant, Wasabi PR (828) 749-3200
      Duchess Contact: Allen Eichhorn, PMKHBH (212) 373-6115
      Duchess Contact: David Schwab, Octagon (703) 905-3363
 
 

SOURCE SOS Children's Villages -- USA
    WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York,
 will be the celebrity spokesperson for SOS Children's Villages -- USA, an
 organization providing homes to 52,000 abandoned and abused children in 131
 countries, including the United States.  SOS never separates siblings.  The
 charity has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize more than a dozen times.
 Current projects include a new village to assist AIDS orphans in Cambodia.
 (www.sos-usa.org)
     "I am very excited about The Duchess' support of our work," states
 Christopher Zappia, SOS Children's Villages -- USA Executive Director.  "SOS
 Children's Villages has been around for 50 years and the average American does
 not know how we help abandoned and abused children.  The Duchess will help us
 get the word out."
     Last year, The Duchess was the guest of honor at a Manhattan tea party
 celebrating the organization's ten-year history in the United States.  At the
 anniversary event, The Duchess said, "SOS Children's Villages is about holding
 dignity, courage and self-respect.  More people should support SOS because
 it's right, it's true and it's good and I'm proud to be standing up here."
     Other celebrity supporters include California Governor Arnold
 Schwarzenegger and the Johnny Cash Family.
     There are four founding principles of the organization:  Provide every
 child: a home (to call their own), parents (someone to turn to at all times),
 siblings (boys and girls growing up together as a family) and a neighborhood
 (cultural roots and a feeling of belonging are an integral part of growing
 up).  Each SOS village/neighborhood consists of about 10-15 families, creating
 communities where children grow and learn.  There are more than 400 villages
 around the world.
     In 2002, SOS received the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian award.
 The entire million-dollar prize went to children's AIDS relief programs in
 Africa.  Currently, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a family fraternity
 helping orphans, is raising $1.5 million to build a new village in Cambodia
 which broke ground February 2004.
     Last December, Parents Magazine singled out SOS Children's Villages as a
 top ten charity deserving of donations.  For more information on how you can
 help SOS children around the world, call 1-888-SOS4KIDS (767-4543) or visit
 www.sos-usa.org.
 
      SOS-USA Contact: Michelle Tennant, Wasabi PR (828) 749-3200
      Duchess Contact: Allen Eichhorn, PMKHBH (212) 373-6115
      Duchess Contact: David Schwab, Octagon (703) 905-3363
 
 SOURCE  SOS Children's Villages -- USA