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Facing The World gives children a future again

Facing The World gives children a future again

Earlier this week we presented a new addition to our charitable causes: Facing The Atlantic. A fundraiser initiative that is very dear to Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin.

We would like to tell you all a little bit more about the amazing work of Facing The World and how 2 men got the idea to row across the Atlantic in support of this organization.

Actor Bertie Portal and personal trainer James Cash, will participate in a rowing race that will take them from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The race takes around 50 – 60 days, depending on weather conditions, sharks and tankers.

This tough endurance test will push them to the very limits of their physical and mental strength with high seas and cramped conditions as they row 3,000 miles, taking it in turns, 2 hours on and 2 hours off.

You may ask yourself why are they doing such a thing? They want to raise a very ambitious £300,000 for the UK registered charity Facing The World. Bert was great friends with co-founder and surgeon Martin Kelly and made a promise to Martin that one day he would do something extraordinary to raise money for them. Sadly Martin died unexpectedly in 2008 leaving family and friends devastated and it is now time for Bert to fulfill his promise.

Facing the World is a registered British charity that provides life changing reconstructive surgery to children with severe facial disfigurements. They also provide training to develop the infrastructure so that more children can receive the treatment that they need in their own countries.

There can be many reasons for childhood disfigurement. Some children are disfigured from birth because their parents carry a hidden gene; others are exposed to environmental pollutants before they are born. Sometimes the reason isn’t obvious. Some start their lives healthy but are struck down by tumours and accidents.

Whatever the cause, the result is the same: a child with a disfigurement can be excluded, isolated and stigmatised. Perhaps more important are the deep emotional and psychological scars that run with it. Such children born in the West often have access to excellent health care, to surgeons, to the counsellors needed to build their confidence.

Children in poor countries do not…..

A picture says more then a thousand words. Please watch the below video to witness the amazing work of Facing The World.

We are preparing fundraiser activities to support Facing The Atlantic and Facing The World.
We will keep you informed.

In the meantime you can help us spread the word.

Facing The World website: and Facebook
Facing The Atlantic website: and Facebook

Or you can make a direct donation to Facing The Atlantic here:

To keep track of how much was donated by the fans we ask you to add the code TB4FTA (True Blood for Facing The Atlantic) to the note of your donation. That way we can identify you as a True Blood / Stephen Moyer donator.

Written by Shadaliza

Shadaliza loves the Internet, film and TV shows, writing, running websites and charity fundraising; she has found the perfect combo in the fansites to express her creativity and passion. Shadaliza is Dutch, but has lived in Italy for many years and works as Marketing Executive for an Internet hosting company.

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    February 07, 2011

    A powerful and heart-rending video. I was struck by the enormity of the endeavor and the fact that all who are striving to give these children better lives are volunteers. My hat is off to Mr. Portal and Mr. Cash. I wish them success and safe passage in their rowing journey. What an incredible odyssey! I look forward to hearing about the fund raising activities, and will do my best to participate.


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    February 07, 2011

    On behalf of everyone at Facing the World I would like to add our grateful thanks for highlighting our work and that of the indomitable Bertie Portal and James Cash.

    As a volunteer based charity, Facing the World only have two full time staff members (although over 100 volunteers) and so all support is so deeply appreciated.

    We feel privileged everyday to do the work that we do, it is an honor to be able to help these remarkable young children become the outgoing, confident and funny young people they were always meant to be.

    Kindest regards,
    Sarah and the team at Facing the World


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      February 07, 2011

      Speaking for Shadaliza and myself, as Admins here at the Vault and on, we are happy to support this worthy charity. When I saw the video, included above, for the first time, my heart went out to those children. We both want to do whatever we can to help.


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    February 07, 2011

    Heartbreaking and inspiring video. I will pass the word as far as I can reach.


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