Sam Childers, known as the Machine Gun Preacher and the inspiration for the 2011 movie “Machine Gun Preacher” starring Gerard Butler, is set to raffle off two custom motorcycles in a fundraiser for his Angels of East Africa Humanitarian Organization.
Ticket sale and donation proceeds support the completion of the Ethiopian Children’s Building project and fund the Northern Uganda farm project in Nwoya, Northern Uganda.
The Sam Childers story was first told through his biography “Another Man’s War,” published in March 2009. The book led to 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. He then made the decision to dedicate his entire life to saving the lives of children and renewing hope in East Africa.
The Ethiopian Children’s Building 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.
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. When completed, plans call for the Machine Gun Preacher Farm to provide food for thousands of Ugandan families and children.
The Angels of East Africa (AOEA) humanitarian organization is dedicated to rescuing, restoring and enabling children caught in the crossfire of rebel atrocities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda from 1981 through today.
“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 Childers.
The motorcycles on the raffle block include the Machine Gun Preacher (MGP) Rat Bike, rode by Gerard Butler in the movie that chronicled the life of Sam Childers and is valued at $50,000. Childers 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.
“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,” Childers said of the Ironhorse bike.
Both custom motorcycles will be displayed and tickets will be available 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 on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 at the Piston Power Show.
A total of 5,000 raffle tickets will be available for the two custom motorcycles. Tickets can be purchased for $250 each by visiting here 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. Raffle ticket sales are 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, Pa.
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.