What do Mick Foley and Gene Simmons have in common? One is a retired professional wrestler, and the other has sold more than 100 million albums in a world-famous rock band. Although their fame sets them apart from common perceptions of child sponsors, they both share in a passion for helping children worldwide and are sponsors of multiple children through ChildFund International.
Mick Foley, who won three WWF world championships, has been affiliated with ChildFund since 1992 and has traveled to Sierra Leone, where he funded four community schools. “I know how valuable the sponsorships are in ChildFund’s projects around the world. I just feel that if I talk about them in public, others will realize how easy it is to make a difference,” he previously shared. “I can reach people who can completely understand that others around the world have it much worse than they do.”
Reflecting on the lives of his sponsored children, he wrote, “I’ve come to think of those three or four Bombali villages all lying along that stretch of horrible road as my little corner of the world to nurture and care for. A small dot on life’s map where I can make a visible difference. Where a little compassion and a little more money can go such a long way.”
Sponsoring a child costs $28 a month, or $35 for a child in the United States, and your donation will not only help a single child but families and whole communities. ChildFund will use your monthly sponsorship donations, combined with donations from sponsors of other children in your child’s community, to support community-wide programs that help ensure children start off strong. ChildFund helps build schools, provide clean water, establish health care in isolated regions and teach vocational skills, among many other programs.
KISS frontman Gene Simmons and his wife, Shannon Tweed, traveled to Zambia in 2012 to meet a few of the 140 children who he sponsors through ChildFund. It was a humbling experience from beginning to end. “It really makes you appreciate the little things,” Shannon said at the time. “I will waste less, spend less and appreciate more.”
The trip to Africa, Gene added, “is a stark reminder that life doesn’t treat everyone the same.”
ChildFund supporters like Gene and Shannon help change those circumstances. Although the children didn’t recognize Gene as a celebrity – even when he handed out KISS swag – he’s a rock star in their eyes because he is their ChildFund sponsor.