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School receives 500 sets of supplies for 500 pupils

PASIG CITY — For many people around the world, the holiday season is usually a time of happiness, yet for others, it is a time of increased struggle and stress in trying to meet significant and unmet needs.

To help spread some holiday magic to those in need, MoneyGram launched a round-the-world relay to support the educational needs of some children across eight countries and four continents.  

MoneyGram’s “Spreading Holiday Magic” program is a relay-style program in which the company will distribute much-needed money, school supplies and learning tools to 11 schools in eight countries.

The relay kicked-off at an elementary school in Dallas, Texas, home to MoneyGram’s global headquarters, before stopping at Rizal High School.

“Our round-the-world relay is intended to spread the magic of the holidays to schools in need, and bring important learning tools to children in the classroom,” said Pamela H. Patsley, chairman and chief executive officer of MoneyGram.

“We hope that we’re able to make this time of year a little brighter for the children at Rizal High School, and to encourage learning in the classroom as we firmly believe in the magic of education.”

During a classroom visit, Alex Lim, MoneyGram International’s country manager of Philippines, presented the school with school supplies for the school and each student.

The children also posted holiday greetings on MoneyGram’s “Spreading Holiday Magic” website (www.moneygram.com/holidaymagic), which will be read by children at other schools in the global relay.

“We are very fortunate to have been selected to participate in MoneyGram’s round-the-world relay. It’s a great program that will touch the lives of so many children around the world,” said Dr. Josephine Cruz, principal of Rizal High School.

“The donation couldn’t come at a better time. We can always use more resources in the classroom, and this donation will help us meet the special needs of our students.”

Between early December 2011 and January 2012, MoneyGram is delivering holiday magic to schools in:

• United States
• Ghana
• Haiti
• Italy
• Mexico
• Philippines
• Romania
• Russia

Holiday blog encourages students to share thoughts

As part of the program, MoneyGram launched the blog — www.moneygram.com/holidaymagic — to give the children at the schools — and globally — the forum to share holiday greetings and words of encouragement to children at the next school in the global relay.

“Spreading Holiday Magic” is an extension of MoneyGram’s global holiday marketing campaign in which the company encourages consumers to “enjoy the magic of the holidays, send money around the world, and watch the happiness grow” in a series of print ads and TV commercials.

This community initiative is a natural extension of MoneyGram’s global marketing campaign and Global Giving program.

Annually, the company gives approximately $500,000 to non-profit organizations around the world for essential education needs and disaster recovery programs.

Those interested in learning more about MoneyGram services and locations and its Global Giving program can visit www.moneygram.com

In addition, consumers interested in learning more about safe, efficient money transfers this holiday season, including ways to prevent fraud, can access MoneyGram’s Money Transfer Fraud Education Center at www.moneygram-preventfraud.com

About MoneyGram International

MoneyGram International, a leading money transfer company, enables consumers who are not fully served by traditional financial institutions to meet their financial needs.

MoneyGram offers bill payment services in the United States and money transfer services worldwide through a global network of more than 256,000 agent locations — including retailers, international post offices and financial institutions — in 192 countries and territories.

To learn more about money transfer or bill payment at an agent location or online, please visit http://www.moneygram.com or connect on Facebook.