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ONE Championship, Global Citizen promote education, fight poverty together

Angela Lee, Eduard Folayang, Wei Soo, Brandon Vera with children of Tondo, Manila

Angela Lee, Eduard Folayang, Wei Soo, Brandon Vera with children of Tondo, Manila

Recently, Asia’s largest global sports media property ONE Championship announced a partnership with Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by 2030. With this partnership, MMA fans can participate and help achieve this goal.

The first action ONE fans can take will be centered on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education.

Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

ONE Championship stars Brandon Vera, Eduard Folayang and Angela Lee have been named Global Citizen ambassadors. Along with Global Citizen co-founder and Managing Director Wei Soo, the three athletes recently participated in an outreach activity in Tondo, Manila in conjunction with a local nongovernment organization, Young Focus.

A celebration of martial arts, which is Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, ONE Championship engages millions of people across Asia by building local martial arts superheroes. These superheroes have been telling their inspirational stories of perseverance and triumph through martial arts, which has been home in Asia for the past 5,000 years.

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. The participants are called Global Citizens.

Since 2012, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over 10 million actions. These include millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people. Watch a clip featuring the Global Citizen ambassadors’ visit in Tondo here:

To learn more about the ONE Championship and Global Citizen partnership, visit www.globalcitizen.org/one. For more information on Young Focus, please visit www.youngfocus.org.

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