New York, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
A Westchester, New York, couple participated in the Westchester Triathlon last weekend to raise money for Ubuntu Africa, an organization that cares for HIV-positive children in the underserved community of Khayelitsha, South Africa, officials announced today.
Paul O’Reilly-Hyland and Joelle O’Reilly Hyland completed an Olympic triathlon .9-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run on September 23rd and raised over $10,000 for Ubuntu Africa.
“It is only through the generosity of people like Paul O’Reilly-Hyland and Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland that Ubuntu Africa can continue to provide the kind of comprehensive care that helps HIV-positive South African children not just survive, but thrive,” said Doni Belau , Board member and Founding Chair of Ubuntu Africa.
Ubuntu Africa is dedicated to improving the mental and physical health of HIV-positive children living in underserved communities. The organization takes a whole-child approach, enabling children to access healthcare, social services, HIV education and nutrition. Enrichment activities such as sports and cultural outings are also provided by the organization.
“This charity is improving the lives of so many kids that weren’t given a chance just a few years ago,” said Paul O’Reilly Hyland. “We want to thank everyone who donated to support us in this effort. This is money very well-spent.
“An unfortunate byproduct of the global recession has been a severe reduction in the amount of charitable giving,” said Joelle O’Reilly Hyland. “If we helped even one child with the dollars we raised on Sunday, it was well worth it.
The charity runs entirely on donations, and a donation of just $2,500 can support a child in the program for an entire year. Funds are always in need, but due to the economic downturn experienced all around the globe, the need for donors is even greater than it has been in the past.
Founder and Executive Director of Ubuntu Africa, Whitney Johnson, commented
"While we have made great progress in fighting this illness in the Khayelitsha community, the impact of HIV on a generation of children has been devastating. The needs of HIV+ children are great and it is only with support like this that we can continue to support them.”
“Ubuntu is an African philosophy that speaks to the connection of all human beings and doing what you can to help others. Paul, Joelle, and all those that contributed to Ubuntu Africa really put the philosophy of Ubuntu into action. That makes all the difference in the lives of the children that I work with. Thank you, on behalf of the children and staff of Ubuntu Africa.”
MISSION STATEMENT: Ubuntu Africa (UBA) provides comprehensive care for HIV+ children living in the challenging context of extreme poverty. We emphasize practical support and personalized attention within a fun and loving environment.
*Ubuntu Africa is registered in the United States as Ubuntu Africa, a not-for-profit organization, or 501 (c) (3) (EIN: 20-5952356).