Monday, August 04, 2014

Indians Relief Pitcher Cody Allen Steps up to the plate in Cleveland to Support Feed Their Future 2014

Hoffman Estates, Illinois – Cody Allen, relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, has joined with Bright Hope and Moody Radio Cleveland for Feed Their Future 2014. The summer campaign exists to provide meals and education to children in Mathare Valley, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

Allen, who has three years of experience in MLB and a 2.57 career ERA, believes in seizing every opportunity to live out his faith. He decided to partner with Bright Hope and Moody Radio Cleveland for Feed Their Future after he became aware of the campaign through conversations with Justin Masterson, former Indians pitcher who was recently traded to the Cardinals.

“I’m excited to contribute to a greater purpose by partnering with Bright Hope and Moody Radio Cleveland to bring meals and education to children that need it,” explained Allen. “Every child deserves a chance for something as basic as a meal and schooling.”

In such extreme poverty, families in Mathare Valley often must choose between sending a child to school or to the streets to beg for food. Support raised through this campaign eases the burden on parents to not have to make such a choice. Bright Hope’s partner in Kenya, the Mathare Community Outreach, will feed and educate 1,400 students in four schools, support their teachers, and promote local sustainability initiatives with the funds raised through this campaign.

“It is an honor for Bright Hope to have such talented and faith-driven athletes as a part of the Bright Hope team,” said C.H. Dyer, Bright Hope President and CEO. “They are dedicated and determined to help us bring Hope to the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi and we are thankful for their support.”

Masterson and his wife joined Feed Their Future last year with a desire to serve the poor and see his faith lived out in his everyday life. After being traded to the Cardinals on July 30, Masterson will broaden the campaign’s audience to St. Louis and will travel with Bright Hope to Nairobi again in November to visit the schools being funded.

“When I visited Nairobi last year, I saw the incredible, positive effects that Bright Hope’s partnership with the local church has on poor communities,” Masterson said. “It’s an honor to be a part of Feed Their Future to not only provide two daily meals and an education to a child, but to know we are literally changing the future for these children.”

Due to the generosity of Bright Hope supporters, last year’s campaign exceeded its $140,000 goal and raised close to $200,000. This year, the campaign, also supported by Moody Radio Cleveland, will continue through Labor Day with a monetary goal of $250,000 to bring Hope to children in Mathare Valley.

For more information about the Feed Their Future campaign and to give, please visit the Feed Their Future website.