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Governor Ernie Fletcher Voices “Unbridled Spirit” for Kentucky’s Tsunami Relief Effort
Press Release Date:  February 04, 2005
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche

Governor Fletcher Encourages Kentuckians to Support “With One Heart”

Frankfort, KY:   Governor Ernie Fletcher today voiced his support for “With One Heart,” a non-profit organization formed by Kentuckians to provide food, shelter, and clothing to the children left homeless and orphaned in the wake of the Tsunami that swept over southern Asia and Sri Lanka.

“The devastation this natural disaster caused is unprecedented and overwhelming,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “However, we as Kentuckians can make a difference by supporting the relief efforts through With One Heart.”

Governor Fletcher also presented a proclamation at today’s press conference, which declared February “With One Heart Month.”

The goal of “With One Heart,” in partnership with Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka’s leading humanitarian organization, is to construct and support an orphanage for the children who have been abandoned because of this natural disaster.   “With One Heart” is based in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a national organization.  Kelly Knight and Sheila Bayes, two Lexington community leaders, founded “With One Heart.”

“I want to commend Kelly Knight and Sheila Bayes for their tireless efforts to provide relief to the innocent children of Sri Lanka,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Their dedication proves that the efforts of communities here in the Commonwealth can make a tremendous impact across the globe.”

Interest and support for this endeavor have already been overwhelming.  Tempurdedic International has pledged to donate all futons needed for the orphanage, and groundbreaking for the orphanage is scheduled to possibly begin in late summer.  Every single dollar donated to “With One Heart” will go directly to the building and support of the orphanage.

“Our vision for “With One Heart” is to construct an orphanage with American building standards, while still respecting Sri Lankan comfort and tradition,” said Kelly Knight, founder of “With One Heart.” 

People may make monetary donations to “With One Heart” and also purchase T-shirts and bracelets on the organization’s website,

            Monetary donations can be sent to:

            With One Heart
            C/O Kelly Knight
            P.O. Box 21888
            Lexington, KY 40522-1888

On December 26, 2004, Sri Lanka was hit by a massive Tsunami caused by an earthquake in Indonesia.  The Tsunami waves that struck the shores of several counties in the Southern Asia Region have caused unprecedented damage.



Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005