Sam Childers, the inspiration for the 2011 movie ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ starring Gerard Butler, announces the raffle of two custom motorcycles to benefit his Angels of East Africa (AOEA) humanitarian organization dedicated to rescuing, restoring and enabling children caught in the crossfire of rebel atrocities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda from 1981 through today.
Both motorcycles on the raffle block have a special place in Sam’s heart. The Machine Gun Preacher (MGP) Rat Bike, rode by Gerard Butler in the movie that chronicled the life of Sam Childers and his tireless work towards the improvement of children’s lives in East Africa, is valued at $50,000. Sam is also donating his own personal chopper, which is a 2003 Ironhorse Texas Chopper built by Ironhorse, and customized by Machine Gun Preacher (MGP) Rat Bikes.
Only 5,000 raffle tickets were made available for the opportunity to win the two custom motorcycles. Tickets can be purchased for $250 each by visiting https://machinegunpreacher.givezooks.com/events/the-few-the-chosen or by calling the Angels of East Africa office at (814)-754-5702. Phone lines are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST. Donations will be accepted as well. The raffle is going on now and will culminate with a live, public drawing on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Angels of East Africa’s United States headquarters in Central City, Pennsylvania.
“After seeing the atrocities of the Sudanese Civil War firsthand, I decided that my lifelong mission is to relentlessly build and create the infrastructure necessary so each and every child in East Africa has a shot at living a long, fulfilling and prosperous life,” said Sam Childers. “I’ve had this chopper for 7 years and I just LOVE it; it’s my baby. We’ve gone through a lot together and it will be hard to give her up, but seeing the completion of these two projects finish on time is most important to me, the Angels of East Africa and the children of the region. I just hope whoever wins my chopper allows visitation rights so I can take it for an occasional ride.”
Proceeds from raffle ticket sales will go directly towards two current initiatives spearheaded by Sam Childers and Angles of East Africa including Nazret: The Ethiopian Children’s Building, and The Machine Gun Preacher Farm in Nwoya, Northern Uganda.
The Ethiopian Children’s Building is a massive project that will house over 60 children. An Ethiopian manager will run the 6-story building containing a bakery, café, hotel accommodations, conference center, small shops, bank and mini-supermarket. This is Sam Childers’ biggest building project to-date. The Ethiopian Children’s Building will also provide job opportunities for older children attending the nearby school and university. Childers purchased the land in September 2012 and the project is on track to be completed by early 2016.
“It’s been an amazing journey to get to where we are now in Ethiopia,” added Childers. “We’ve had a lot of favor from the local government there and they believe in what we are doing to help the children and community district.”
The Machine Gun Preacher Farm in Nwoya, Northern Uganda, when completed, will serve as a nature school of agriculture, farming and irrigation for the children who live in the orphanages building established by Angels of East Africa in 2013. Childers and AOEA recently purchased approximately 1,000 acres in Nwoya, about two miles from the Blue Nile River which can be seen clearly from the farm as the land has a gentle slope to the river. Once finished, the Machine Gun Preacher Farm will provide food for thousands of Ugandan families and children.
The general public will get their first glance at both custom motorcycles and the chance to purchase raffle tickets at two upcoming bike shows – the Easyriders 2015 Bike Show Tour, Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio and the Piston Power Show from Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Sam Childers will be in attendance to meet and greet fans on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 at the Piston Power Show.
The inspiring story of Sam Childers was first told through his biography ‘Another Man’s War,’ published in March 2009. It didn’t take long for Hollywood to come calling, turning the book into the feature film ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ in September 2011 starring Gerard Butler and directed by Marc Forster. Childers, a Pennsylvania native and former Outlaw biker, turned his life around while visiting Southern Sudan on a mission retreat to help repair damage done during the conflict of the ongoing second Sudanese Civil War and Joseph Kony’s LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) Rebels. He then made the decision to dedicate his entire life to saving the lives of the thousands of children and renewing hope in a region of East Africa where it had all but vanished.
Since its inception in 1998, Sam Childers and Angels of East Africa has helped rescue more than 1,000 children, operating the humanitarian organization in order to rescue, restore and enable children of the region who are not able to protect themselves. For more information, please visit www.machinegunpreacher.org.