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Thunderbird Show Park raised $20,000 for the 'Adopt a Project' campaign during the 2014 show season. Photo by Totem Photographics.

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Thunderbird Show Park Exceeds Fundraising Goals For Fourth Year, Raising $20,000 For JustWorld’s ‘Adopt A Project’ Campaign

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: JustWorld International
Release Date: 2014-09-04

Langley, BC – August 28, 2014 – Four years ago, Thunderbird Show Park, in Langley, British Columbia, stepped forward to adopt the PIO Rice For Families Project in Cambodia, a project that has impacted the President of Thunderbird Show Park, Jane Tidball, personally.

One-third of the population in Cambodia, which was estimated at about 14.86 million people in 2012, lives off of less than $1 a day. In Cambodia, JustWorld works with the People Improvement Organization (PIO) to fund construction and support operational costs for two schools: Stung Mean Chey at a municipal garbage dump and Borey Keila in an urban slum. Together, they also provide education and food for the children from the local orphanage. The schools offer scholastic curricula, nutrition programs and medical and hygiene programs for close to 800 children, as well as rice incentives, which proved revolutionary for Cambodia. The teachers and staff at PIO and its director, Phymean Noun, are a driving force within the project, always pushing for more and making due with very little.

In the four years that Thunderbird Show Park has been partnered with JustWorld they have consistently come out on top as the leading “JustWorld Supporting Horse Show” every year, exceeding their set goals and expectations, and this year was no exception. Tidball has compiled a team with utmost professionalism, working to fundraise and build awareness about JustWorld through their own volunteers and staff. One of these volunteers, Kim McDougall, has stood out among the rest. She has been vital in all of the JustWorld events that have been held at Thunderbird Show Park and has gone above and beyond to help the children of PIO. Together, Thunderbird, Jane, and Kim have helped raise well over $60,000 to date, with $20,000 raised for the ‘Adopt a Project’ campaign during the 2014 show season, Thunderbird’s largest donation.

The Thunderbird staff and guests joined together to raise awareness and funds through the JustWorld Horseless Horse Shows, a Groom’s Class, entry donations and the JustWorld Silent Auctions. International Gems also generously provided a diamond for the auction that was instrumental in helping Thunderbird to once again exceed their goal for funds raised.

In October 2013, Tidball, packed her bags for Cambodia and went to see for herself the impact that the Rice for Families Project has had on the children of Cambodia. “Thunderbird is so incredibly pleased to be part of the Rice for Families project in Cambodia which provides rice each month for families with children in good attendance at its schools in Phnom Penh,” Tidball said. “The visit I made to Cambodia in 2013 was a life changer.   I arrived to the smiles of more than 800 children who have benefited from JustWorld’s programs. I was able to sit and talk to children about their goals for the future, something that we are helping to make a reality.”

Tidball continued, “I encourage anyone who would like to break the cycle of poverty through positive change to become involved in JustWorld’s amazing projects and programs!”

The ‘Adopt a Project’ campaign offers a number of different initiatives across JustWorld’s projects.  All are focused on enhancing and increasing JustWorld’s work in the areas of education, health, nutrition, and leadership and cultural development.

Examples of projects available for adoption include: PIO’s health care program- $5,000 US per year provides basic health care to all students for four months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, or $6.25 per child; Compartir’s mobile library which provides 5 months of workshops, group activities, performing arts, and reading instruction for more than 2,755 children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for $10,000 US or $3.70 per child; Antorchas’ education program in Medellin, Colombia, which provides tutoring, computer classes, and library access for 60 students for $500 per month or $9.00 per child; and Los Patojos’ nutrition program in Jocotenango, Guatemala, which provides lunches, snacks, and fortified nutritional beverages for $250 US per week or just $1.50 per child.

To ‘Adopt a Project,’ please click on the following link, Canadian, French and American donations are all tax deductible.

JustWorld International is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States and a registered Association 1901 in France. Tax-deductible donations are accepted in Switzerland and JustWorld’s supporters may send their donations to Fondation Philanthropia, a Swiss public-benefit umbrella foundation. Tax-deductible deductions are also accepted in Canada. Canadian donors, please click here to donate through Tides Canada. JustWorld International has no political or religious affiliation.



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