ONE for the Children: First Annual International ONE March to Benefit African Orphans

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The “Q” Fund -- an organization dedicated to building schools for African children orphaned by the AIDS virus -- is organizing the first International ONE March for Children on December 1, 2005 at schools across America.

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Chellie Kew is certain that “ONE” is the most powerful number in the world.

Kew, founder of The “Q” Fund – an organization dedicated to building schools for African children orphaned by the AIDS virus -- is organizing the first International ONE March for Children on December 1, 2005 at schools across America. Funds generated will be used to build and operate additional schools for African children who exist in sub-standard living conditions.

“Imagine a school where there are no supplies, no desks, no books and sometimes no teachers, and you are imagining what is an everyday reality for millions of African children,” said Kew. Her book, African Journal: A Child’s Continent, is a moving photojournalistic account of the plight of the children she encountered while living in Africa. The idea of the ONE March for Children germinated after Kew’s book tour gave her the opportunity to lecture to students around the U.S.

“I was tremendously inspired by the students’ responses,” she said. “In city after city, they would listen to me speak and ask why this crisis is not on the front page of every newspaper in our country. It was clear that they felt the need to get involved.”

What is the goal of the ONE March for Children? “The ONE March symbolizes the ability within each one of us to make a significant difference in the world,” said Kew. “It is a show of solidarity that will not only generate funds to build schools, but also empower students to effect change by raising the level of awareness of this critical problem.”

True to its name, the ONE March for Children focuses on the power of “ONE.” It takes place on the first day of December (World AIDS Day), begins at one o’clock local time, and costs each participant just one dollar. Thus far, over a dozen schools have signed on across America, including the Chimoza Community School in Zambia -- which was financed entirely by donations to the “Q” Fund. Kew will mark the event by marching with students at her own alma mater, Oldfields School in Glencoe, Md.

Kew’s dedication to her cause is apparent. “Chimoza feeds, houses and educates 500 orphans and widows. I have seen first-hand how many lives it has turned around. The children’s faces tell the whole story. With an entire generation at risk, we must continue to build more schools,” she added.

The first annual International ONE March for Children will take place on December 1, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. local time. Additional information and registration forms are available at http://www.OneMarch.org.

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