Global humanitarian Yank Barry frees Syrian refugees

Yank Barry and his nonprofit Global Village Champions Foundation rescues Syrians from refugee camps and helps them to start over in Sofia, Bulgaria
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(PR NewsChannel) / November 11, 2013 / SOFIA, Bulgaria 
Yank Barry and Evander Holyfield with one of the families they moved out of the refugee camps.

Yank Barry and Evander Holyfield with one of the families they moved out of the refugee camps.

Over the past three days, philanthropist and co-founder of Global Village Champions Foundation Yank Barry and his team, including Goodwill Ambassador and former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, have taken multiple Syrian families out of refugee camps in Bulgaria. Barry and members of his nonprofit went a step further and have helped these individuals get back on their feet in the city of Sofia, providing a place to live, food, jobs and a sense of community.

Barry, who has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and Global Village Champions have received international media attention for their relief efforts with the Syrian refugees. Both CNN and NBC traveled with Barry and his team during their visits to the refugee camps.

“What these families and children have had to go through is devastating,” says Barry, who is a part-time resident of Sarasota, Fla. “My team and I are willing to do whatever we can to help them.”

Founded in 1995 by Barry and longtime friend and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Global Village Champions Foundation was created with the mission to feed the hungry and provide humanitarian relief. Since then, the foundation has delivered 950 million meals to the hungry around the world.

As a result of his ongoing fight against hunger, Barry has received nearly two dozen awards since 1995, highlighted by the Gusi Peace Prize for Social Services, Philanthropy, and International Humanitarianism in Manila, the India Humanitarian Service Award and the Bahamian Red Cross Humanitarian Award.

For more information, photos and video of Global Village Champion Foundation and Yank Barry’s relief efforts with Syrian refugees, please visit

Learn more about Global Village Champions Foundation: or visit its YouTube channel.

About Global Village Champions Foundation: Started in 1995 by Yank Barry, Global Village Champions Foundation strives to become the undisputed world leader in private, humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons across the globe, while sustaining human life and helping to eradicate hunger from the face of the Earth. With the help of donors and notable figures such as Muhammad Ali, Gary US Bonds, and Evander Holyfield, the nonprofit has provided nearly a billion meals to the hungry around the world.

Learn more about Global Village Champions Foundation:

For partnership inquiries and ways to help, please contact:
Audra McMurray
Director of Marketing and Communications
Office: (941) 552-8486
Cell: (941) 524-1484

Glenn Selig
PR firm: The Publicity Agency
On the ground in Bulgaria

Jessica Pajak
PR firm: The Publicity Agency
Phone: 813-708-1220 x7782 | Cell: 727-637-3079

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SOURCE:  Global Village Champions Foundation

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