written by Philip Burley



January 12, 2006

Dear Friends,


            Over the years I have come across a number of worthy causes. Where I could, I tried to help those causes. Since 1996, my wife Vivien and I have known about a cause that we have been praying for and supporting in our little way. It is the cause of Childhelp. The organizational name itself speaks volumes and you do not have to think twice to understand what this amazing group of people do for children.

            Just this week, Lifetime Television did a documentary/drama movie on the founders of Childhelp and with the portrayal of three children’s lives, helped the viewer to understand and sympathize with the plight of abused children in America. It was painful and tear-producing to watch but a badly needed wakeup call for all Americans.

In addition, the founders, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson were featured in the story in a most modest and meaningful way. So the movie was about the suffering of abused children in America and the recognition of the founders of an organization that is now 47 years old this year.

Sara and Yvonne are personal friends of ours. I do not proclaim this to feel important. Vivien and are just so humbled and proud to know these amazing super women of unending love for children. It speaks volumes when you know that they were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. They did not win the Prize as most people don’t the first time. Not even Mother Teresa!  But they have been nominated again for 2006. And you don’t have to be a psychic to know that the day is coming when they will be announced as “winners!”

I have written all the above, as a way of introduction. And I wanted to impress upon you to take a look at their work and especially the movie For the Love of a Child on Lifetime Television this coming Saturday, January 14, Sunday the 15th and Thursday the 19th, 2006. Please check your local listings for the time and station.

Furthermore, after you have watched For the Love of a Child, you can help the thousands children in Childhelp’s present care and the thousands to come by going to the Lifetime Television website (see addresses below) and write an email telling Lifetime “how meaningful it was and how needed the movie is” or any other thing that you experienced that would help the Childhelp organization to advance its cause and expand to help more children in desperate need.

You see, the producers of Lifetime are considering making For the Love of a Child into a series portraying a different abused child or several children on each show. And your input can aid them in deciding to say “yes” on doing a For the Love of a Child series. Can you imagine what attention this could bring to the plight of abused and suffering children in our country? In the first hour of the show on TV, Lifetime reported to Sara and Yvonne that over 5,000 people contacted them regarding the movie!

Sara and Yvonne, with nearly five decades of continuous service to children, tell us that there are over three million abused children reported each year in our county. And they tell us that that number is way below the actual number because many abuses never get reported.

You can help. We may not be equipped to cause changes in our country individually but together we can. And children, our legacy and future are our greatest treasure and our greatest hope. In this vein, no child should be made an exception, all deserve our concern, love, and help. Please join Vivien and me in getting behind this most worthy of worthy causes and make a difference in some child or children’s lives who need our help in escaping and ending their suffering from child abuse!!!

Again, see For the Love of a Child, contact Lifetime, and write a sincere email to help Lifetime see the value of this movie for all America. And sending a donation to Childhelp could help greatly too!!!


            Thank you for “hearing” me out. The future of America is not in the hands of a few but in the hands of all!


                                                            Most sincerely and with lasting love,

                                                            Philip (and Vivien)



The report offers an analysis of seven basic "deprivations" that children feel and that powerfully influence their futures. UNICEF concludes that more than half the children in the developing world are severely deprived of one or more of the necessities essential to childhood:

  • 640 million children do not have adequate shelter
  • 500 million children have no access to sanitation
  • 400 million children do not have access to safe water
  • 300 million children lack access to information
  • 270 million children have no access to health care services
  • 140 million children have never been to school
  • 90 million children are severely food-deprived


Childhelp web site:  


Childhelp Donations:  


“For the Love of a Child,” Made for Television Movie

Re-airs Saturday, January 14 at 9 pm et/pt


Lifetime Television Web Site for “For the Love of a Child”


Lifetime Television E-mail address:


Lifetime Message Page Address for “The Love of a Child” movie:
Child Predators and Mind Control
Description:  Learn how child predators use hypnosis, drugs, and even
torture to subdue victims, avoid detection, and confuse law enforcement
-- while seeking the trust of parents.