|[June 20, 2012]
ChildFund Partners with 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels'
RICHMOND, Va. --(Business Wire)--
Gene Simmons, star of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" and leader of the
rock band KISS, recently traveled to Zambia to meet several of the more
than 140 children he sponsors through ChildFund.
Gene Simmons visits his sponsored children in Zambia. (Photo: Business Wire)
The visit became the premise for an episode of the TV series that airs
June 25 on A&E. Plot synopsis: Gene thinks he's traveling to Africa to
go on safari with his wife Shannon; however, she has other ideas in
mind. Shannon has arranged for Gene to meet 12 of his sponsored children.
"We originally planned to go to Africa on a Safari, but Shannon had
bigger plans, which ended up being a better experience than I ever
imagined," Gene said upon finishing the trip.
"Even though we came here with a TV show, none of that seemed to matter
anymore after we got to Zambia," said Gene.
Shannon added, Poverty and starvation… once you see it in person, you
can't walk away."
And they didn't. Gene and Shannon brought school supplies, soccer balls,
backpacks and clothing. Shannon even gave one young woman the shoes off
During their time in Zambia, Gene and Shannon also met a young man,
Edward, being raised by a single mother. Edward gave Gene a VIP tour of
the village, including where he goes to pump water for his family and
where he attends school. Gene plans to donate a house for Edward and his
mom - one that is made of concrete and not earth.
It was a humbling experience from beginning to end. "It really makes you
appreciate the little things," Shannon said. "I will waste less, spend
less and appreciate more."
The trip to Africa, Gene said, "is a stark reminder that life doesn't
treat everyone the same."
Gene already is looking at other ways he can make a difference.
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.
ChildFund International is a global child development and protection
agency serving more than 13.5 million children and their family members
in 31 countries. For more than 70 years, we have helped the world's
deprived, excluded and vulnerable children survive and thrive to reach
their full potential and become leaders of enduring change. As a member
of ChildFund Alliance we create supportive environments in which
children can flourish. To
sponsor a child in need, visit the ChildFund website.
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