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World Vision welcomes the vocal support of all people in our collaborative efforts to build a better world for children. Listed below are people in the public eye who are working with us to raise awareness and encourage action on behalf of children living in extreme poverty.

The diversity of their voices and the range of their influence help World Vision bring attention to many crises and conditions created or worsened by extreme poverty.

Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton

Women and girls
Ms. Heaton is featured in World Vision's women and girls-focused gift catalog. She also starred in a TV and radio PSA shortly after the Asia Tsunami.
Real Media video clip | mp3 radio clip

Myrka Dellanos

Myrka Dellanos

Children in Crisis
Emmy Award winning bilingual journalist, Myrka Dellanos, is working with World Vision to highlight the challenges facing the poor, namely children and youth in crisis among U.S. Hispanics and Central Americans, to help provide them with the proper tools to extricate themselves from the cycle of poverty and injustice.

Bethany Hamilton
photo by Noah Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton

Children with special Needs/disabilities
Bethany is working with World vision to raise awareness of the issues and challenges facing millions of children with disabilities in the developing world. Sadly, these children are often ostracized and lack basic support and services to function in society. Bethany has a fundraising page through which individuals can contribute to World Vision programs helping these children:

Hannah Teter

Hannah Teter

Children impacted by AIDS and poverty
Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter is raising funds and awareness for children impacted by AIDS and poverty, through "Hannah's Gold" -- delicious maple syrup from Vermont.

Dennis Franz

Dennis Franz

HIV and AIDS; Tsunami
Mr. Franz has starred in two separate PSAs for World Vision, one highlighting the magnitude of the AIDS pandemic with an urge to respond, and one about the tsunami disaster and the relief and development work of World Vision in the region. Click below to see/hear the tsunami PSA from Dennis Franz:
Real Media Video30 seconds | 15 seconds
Windows Media Video30 seconds | 15 seconds
mp3 Radio Clip30 seconds

John Amos

John Amos

Child Soldiers/Ending the war in Northern Uganda
Mr. Amos is working with World Vision to advocate for an end to the war in Northern Uganda to protect and save children’s lives. Over the past two decades, children have been kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers by the rebel group in control in the north, the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army). World Vision and Amos are urging Americans to contact their members of Congress and the President to insist that the U.S. help end this terror immediately.

Jennifer O’Neill

HIV and AIDS, HopeChild Sponsorship
Ms. O'Neill is the host of World Vision's television program, "Precious in His Sight," which features stories of children orphaned or made vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS. World Vision offers HopeChild sponsorship to help provide care and support to children most severely impacted by HIV/AIDS worldwide:

If you represent a celebrity, athlete or other high-profile individual interested in teaming with World Vision to help the world’s children reach their full potential, please contact

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